Free Wesam Zumut: An innocent young man who has served 17 years in prison. Self defense
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This petition has been created on behalf of my brother Wesam Zumot that involves him in a story that took turn for the worst. Many times we hear the phrase “At the wrong place, at the wrong time”. This has basically been the story of my brother Wesam’s life. During the times when my brother was not incarcerated, he was working hard to support his family. He comes from a cultural background where respect and loving people were his biggest strengths. That all changed, when one day my brother got physically attacked by a group of 5 people in a vehicle. This was for no reason, but to attack him and take his life away. The instinct that my brother had at that moment, was to protect himself through self-defense. This happened during the time my brother was working at night, and was driving home alone in the late evening. He was followed, and then stopped due to this unforeseen moment. He was being shot at. The person that was shooting at my brother, got shot due to my brother being scared and killed him. The gun had flew out of his hand, and he drove away from being petrified of the situation. The gun was never to be found, and no evidence. Due to no evidence to be found, he was charged with first degree murder, and not looked at as a young man defending himself. He has been sentenced for 25 years for gun possession, and another 20 years for murder. He has been incarcerated since the year 2002, and has not been given the opportunity to have parole.
Our judicial system has failed him due to neglecting his situation of self-defense, and basing his sentencing with no substantial evidence, but was based on him causing this on his own, and intended to take someone’s life. He has spent most of his life in prison, based on half a story that was not presented factually. This has caused a heart broken family, and has distressed my parents throughout the years.
I was getting threats that my life would be over, not even realizing what was happening to me. We had to get up and move to a place where we can live and be free from this happening to us. Till this day we will always fight for my brother’s innocence, and to support him throughout this terrible journey. The case that has been made is flawed, and unethical. Lawyers have taken advantage of our situation to ask for thousands of dollars to help us with this case that should have not gotten to this extent. We constantly hear about innocent people being incarcerated for year and years, while they are sitting in a jail cell hating themselves, and feeling left alone, when deep down they knew they were defending themselves.
I stand with my brother, and have supported him through the many changes he has made, and the wonderful approach he has taken, regardless of his situation. His conduct and spirits alone should be looked at as a reason to stand with me, and help me bring justice to my brother Wesam’s life. I pray and ask for the help of those to help our family. Please take the time to spread the word, and sign this petition. This may not be a huge part of your life, but it is a huge part of mine. I will always fight for his justice, and pray that he is given at least a chance to live a life that should have been lived, and that is not incarcerated for something he was defending, and this is his LIFE! This petition is to give him a chance to truly defend himself with the truth, and the truth only.
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