In need of a second chance - grant parole for Phillip Alvin Jones

In need of a second chance - grant parole for Phillip Alvin Jones

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Phillip Alvin Jones started this petition to Governor Larry Hogan and

In 1990, Phillip Alvin Jones was a 19 year old young man with a newborn daughter who was accused of shooting a man in Baltimore, Maryland.  There was no forensic evidence - no weapon, no fingerprints, no DNA.  The victim survived, and he and Phillip agreed they did not know each other.  The victim could not identify Phillip.  The victim's cousin was standing a few feet away, and he knew Phillip and stated strongly in a deposition that Phillip was NOT the shooter.  A month after the shooting, the police found a witness with a lengthy criminal record which was not revealed in court who testified that she saw Phillip and another individual commit the shooting, although she was a block away, in the rain, at 11 pm at night.  She also testified to the Grand Jury that she had identified Phillip in a photo array, but in truth, she had not yet seen the photo array as documented by an official time stamp.  To make matters worse, the ballistics "expert" in Phillip's case, Joseph Kopera, was found to have falsified credentials and to have forged co-workers' initials corroborating his findings, and upon the exposure of his fraudulent actions, he committed suicide in 2007.  Kopera impacted over 4,000 cases that are known of at this time.  

Phillip has languished in prison for nearly 31 years.  He went in at age 19.  He is now 50.  He has lost his mother and his only two siblings while he has been imprisoned.  He has lost all the years of raising his one and only daughter.  He has completed years of programming while in prison, and has completed his GED and college coursework working toward a Business degree.  He has had zero infractions of rules for over ten years.  He is a writer, mentor, and activist for positive change.  We are a team of professionals who strongly believe in Phillip.  A 19 year old does not have a fully developed adult brain and would not know how to handle wrongful incarceration, but a 50 year old with intelligence and integrity knows the difference between right and wrong.

 

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