The Death Penalty For Michigan Innocent Lives Are Being Taken
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I, Jean Henderson, Mother of Phillip Johnson Jr. would like for you to understand just how traumatic the murder of my son has been on our family. This death is like no other for us. Phillip was a loving spirit. He was known by the way he smiled as he spoke to you. He was a dedicated worker, and was attempting to complete his GED. He applied himself to becoming better. Phillip loved his family. He was the type of big brother his siblings could count on. Phillip had something special, qualities he used to help make others “Philgood”.
On the morning of September 29, 2014, Phillip’s life was taken by William Houston, III; Dreshawn Glaspie; Khalil Davenport; and Jymario Dooley. They played the role of “friends” while conspiring to rob and kill him. He was brutally shot in his own home, left only to die. He passed in the arms of his uncle, Duane Gossett. This crime was senseless.
No parent should have to suffer the loss of their child. Just receiving the call that my son had been shot was devastating, but to arrive at the hospital to be informed that my son did not survive killed me inside. It’s a struggle for our family to live on. To know that people whom he considered friends, took his life is eating away at us. As a parent, I am lost. It seems now that no one can be trusted. I am fighting attempts of suicide. I can’t sleep at night. I can be found screaming his name asking why you! His sister and I are afraid My youngest child is still in shock, and the family is forced to deal with the friends and family of the murderers disrespecting our loss.
Due to this grotesque crime, we can only live in the past memories of Phillip Johnson Jr. Not only was he murdered, but this crime was developed and plotted. The acts of the murderers were intentional. They each actively played their role. The assailants purposely out-numbered him to prevent him from protecting himself while they were armed. They fully intended to rob him of his belongings and were successful at such, at most taking his life. They deserve death penalties for this heinous crime.
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