Declare State clemency- Mandatory Minimum 20 year sentence for Marijuana.
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Harold Morris (Junior) has been convicted and sentenced to 40 years in Maryland state prison for selling marijuana. He will serve the mandatory minimum of 20 years (no parole) before he is released (after classification he was told he’ll do 17 years exactly, his release year is 2036). He has been accused of being a Kingpin. Kingpins are dangerous leaders of a drug operation (such as El Chapo).
His case is extremely rare because anyone who has been accused of Kingpin is usually charged federally. This charge always comes with transporting/trafficking (Which he was found NOT GUILTY of), lots of co-inspirers (the drug ring), and lots of money. He did NOT have ANY OF THAT.
Federal authorities chose not to charge him as a Kingpin simply because he did not do any of the standards that accompany being accused as a "Kingpin”. So the state decided to keep the kingpin charge against him. There were no character witnesses, confidential informants, undercover police, or anyone who was apart of this “drug operation” to identify him as the leader of a “drug ring”. Not a single person was arrested related to his case other than his girlfriend. There were no weapons or serious drugs considering he’s a dangerous kingpin. All of his charges are non violent, all charges are for marijuana. There was literally no evidence making him this. He has certainly been over charged.
Junior doesn’t deserve (nor does anyone) to spend the rest of his young life in prison for a non violent crime. For something that he was convicted of based on “assumptions”. When this trial started two years ago, he completely turned his life around. He knew he couldn’t change what had happened, but he did his absolute best to change the things in his life that could be changed.
Junior is an outstanding father of four children, who he has full custody of. He and his children served God in their church faithfully every Sunday, where they have been saved and baptized. He became a leader of his church and has inspired and gave hope to so many people. Every Sunday he would pray loudly, thanking god and praying for everyone, instead of himself.
He has spent the last two years doing so much for his church and his community. He was coaching youth baseball for his youngest sons team, preaching to his church on Sunday’s and helping the Ellicott city community recover from the devastating floods. Any extra time he has was spent with his children. He couldn’t wait to get home and have fun with them. Junior has also been employed as a journeyman for over 10 years (and supervisor) at an HVAC company where he is known to be the best employee. He used his skills to repair the broken air conditioning system in the church. He would do this every night after working his regular job. Sometimes he wouldn’t get home until midnight or later. He did all this free of charge. He did all this because that’s who he is. He is a selfless, kind and inspirational person and father. He has been focused on being the best person he can be, the person he truly is.
We were all so sure that god would save him from this nightmare that he’s living right now. But now we’re so confused and unsure of why this is happening to him. There’s just nothing more he could have done for himself, everyone and God. Nearly 20 people wrote letters to the judge describing the person who he really is and all he has done to help so many. The same people who showed up to his sentencing begging, pleading and crying to the judge to have mercy. The judge was clearly remorseful and did understand that junior is a good person and had already turned things around before his conviction. But the judge explained that all he could do if suspend 20 years of the 40 and must give him the 20 mandatory minimum. That the law requires it and there’s nothing he can do to change that. Harford county made a mistake by over charging him as being a Kingpin.
He has thrived so much and trying so hard to be so good, and seeing him taken away to prison for so long. His children are completely devastated. I don’t know what I can really do here. I just hope this helps him some how. His children need him. He is not a person that belongs in prison for 20 years and so many stand by him to defend him.
We now need to take the next step and ask Governor Hogan to review his case and help in any way he can. It’s all we have left. I’m not asking the governor to just make it all go away, we just can’t sit around and let him spend decades in prison when he didn’t hurt a single person. Every signature for this petition means so much to us and Junior’s four children. Thank you and God bless.
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