Justice For Daryl J. Smith
Justice For Daryl J. Smith
Darryl J. Smith Prisoner Number #179933 was convicted in 1985 of first felony murder of a meat market owner. The theory of the case was that the business partner of the deceased hired Darryl and the alleged shooter to rob the Market and subsequently the owner was shot and killed. Darryl was charged as an aider and abettor and was sentenced to life in prison 35 years ago.
Darryl was a wonderful son to our mother and a good brother to his siblings. He was well loved by everyone in his community. He is a very kind and thoughtful person who went out of his way to help others. It was this nature of his that led him to make that poor decision of being at the crime scene that fateful day. The actual shooter was never convicted of his actions and got off scot free on a technicality while Darryl has languished in prison for the past 35 years. The co-owner and codefendant is serving a life sentence. Darryl has never diminished his role in the crime but it must be stated that according to court records he was an unwitting participant who showed poor judgement under the influence of peer pressure. Even the judge in the case the Honorable Judge Leonard Townsend regretted having to sentence Darryl to a life sentence because of his minimal role in the incident but was bound by the law.
Darryl has maintained a good prison conduct record and work history. He has skills in Electrician, Painter, Dog trainer (for both Leader Dog For The Blind and Paws With a Cause Organizations) Certified Legal Assistance. That will provide him with economic growth upon his release. He has finished school and has some college credits. His mentality at 56 years of age is not the same as it was at 21 years of age. Given the circumstances of this case penologically it wouldn't serve any purpose to keep him imprisoned any further. He has served his debt to society and can be a productive member of society instead of a drain on the resources of our state.
The mandatory life sentence that Darryl received in comparison to his actions deprived him of the most basic liberties without giving hope of restoration except perhaps by executive clemency the remote possibility of which does not mitigate the harshness of the sentence. The life sentence means the denial of hope it means that good behavior and character improvements are immaterial; it means that whatever the future might hold in store for the mind and spirit of Darryl he will remain in prison for the rest of his days.
This country is biased upon the ideas of fairness equity and second chances which we know Darryl is deserving of. If you are support of this petition the family and friends of Darryl J Smith ask that you place your signature below, for the Governor's office in support of a request for a commutation. (Contact Darryl with any questions on jpay.com his prison number is #179933)