Please help Anthony get a release date & a reduced sentence
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JUSTICE FOR ANTHONY!!
My name is Alyssia Lujan I am 27 years old. I am starting this petition on behalf of my fiancé Anthony Medina, 29 of Sacramento, who is currently serving a LWOP sentence plus 2 more life sentences with the possibility of parole. He qualifies for the new aiding & abetting law along with him being only 19 when the crimes took place. He should qualify for the juvenile parole hearing but when you look up his name on inmate locator it says LWOP not eligible. I am hoping it is because we are at the federal level still fighting to appeal these cruel & unusual punishment sentences?? He just turned in his habeas corpus early September of this year so I'm praying that's why it says he doesn't qualify?
He didn't receive a fair trial at all.He was the only Hispanic out of him & his 2 co-defendants with tattoos who "looks like he is mean or is mad" but he is actually the opposite! He is loving & caring, always joking, making people laugh. I myself always look mad when I don't smile & so I am always getting judged that I'm something I'm not & that is exactly what the jury did before he even had a chance to defend himself. This is a rare case that happened in 2008 & was on the local Sacramento news. He was wrongfully convicted off of he said she said statements! Mind you, the witnesses weren't even credible because they were extremely high off meth the night of the crime! The victim's girlfriend couldn't even identify Anthony in more than one line up! Each time she chose someone different & neither time did she identify him! So how is that credible? Being on drugs clouds your judgment & you hallucinate. There was no evidence! No gun, no shell casings! Nothing that indicated Anthony had part in the killing of Jason Fletcher. He DID NOT aid & abed anything like the D.A proclaimed. He was simply at the wrong place, at the wrong time. He waited 3 1/2 years in the Sac County Jail before trial started in 2011. The jury found him GUILTY on all charges except he was found NOT GUILTY of having a firearm. He isn't a gang member & I am hoping & praying you take the time to dig a little deeper & relook at his case. Actually I am begging you from the bottom of my heart! He is a good man. He's made mistakes like all of us have, but he deserves this chance more than anyone I know. He will tell you he caught this case as a boy & transferred to prison as a man.
He is rehabilitating himself without even realizing it. Anthony currently has a job in prison, he mentors 3 juvenile boys who are locked up in L.A & he tells them they don't want to end up like him & they can do better. & the best part is they are listening! They told him he is an inspiration to them. He knows how to draw really well & his drawings have always been personal to him, but he decided on his own he wanted to donate them to St. Jude Children's Hospital for the kids battling cancer. He said, "So they can feel better & eat their food." They laminate his drawings & put them under their dinner trays to motivate them to eat. He stopped getting into fights going to the hole or getting write-ups way before he hit prison, he stopped all that nonsense in the County Jail. All he does is go to work, work out, play basketball which is his favorite & read books. & anyone in that prison or who knows him will tell you Anthony is a good guy. When someone tries to provoke him, he walks away. He is fighting for his life & he knows nobody is worth him getting in trouble for. He is very intelligent in all subjects & good at all sports. If he didn't grow up in the environment he did, he could of been anything he wanted to be in life! His favorite subjects are math & history. He's so smart that when he was studying to re-take his GED test (because juvenile hall lost his records of completing it) he was ahead of the class & his instructor in KVSP was amazed at how advanced he was & told him he's ready for the test but would have to wait until everyone else caught up to him.
He wants a college degree in business & has goals. He's always going out of his way for others with the upmost loyalty & respect & that's what ended up being his downfall in catching this case was because he trusted the wrong people! If you ask him now he will tell you, if he would of known his friend was going to kill anyone he wouldn't of went. Because of his ex best friend's stupidity they are no longer friends & Anthony is being punished for something he didn't do! We all deserve to pay for our mistakes but these 3 life sentences is just cruel. As far as the other case goes, he feared for his life when a car was trying to tailgate him & rear end him off the road! He will tell you he was literally scared for his life! We all know South Sacramento is a war zone. He will tell you, he pointed the gun down because he didn't want to kill nobody in the car that was trying to kill him. He didn't know what else to do! He swerved out the way & they kept on pursuing him saying "get that nigga right there!", while the victim reached under his seat real fast! & you can ask anyone who grew up in South Sacramento that means they want to kill you & are reaching for a gun under the seat because that is where they put them for "easy access" & to hide from the cops. The D.A sarcastically joked in court & said, "How did we know the victim wasn't reaching for a soda?" Really? A soda! Under the seat!? I didn't find that humorous at all! Can a car not kill someone? Therefore it should be viewed as a deadly weapon just like the gun was! Which means the victims aren't as innocent as the D.A proclaimed them to be. They were trying to kill Anthony with their car! & when that dnt work, they were going to pull out a gun! Anthony was just protecting himself in self-defense as anyone who is being threatened would. But he didn't kill anyone! The bullets just grazed the victim's knees because he pointed the gun down!
Sure not all inmates deserve a second chance but Anthony does. I can't speak for every inmate but I can speak up for mine! He's made a complete turnaround. His sentence is way too severe for these crimes & the part he had to take in them. He deserves clemency. The system has failed him tremendously! Based off judging him off of his race, the way he looks, & his juvenile past. I am hoping & praying this touches your heart in some way, shape or form. I pray you read this with an open, compassionate heart & mind. I thank you so much for your time. Sign the petition & pass it along.
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