Pardon for Satish
Pardon for Satish
PETITION TO THE GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN FOR THE COMMUTATION OF SATISH MARISWAMY'S LIFE SENTENCE.
I am a grieving mother, in my late 70s, living in India. I am recently widowed and in poor health. I am making this plea to the Honorable Governor of Michigan to show mercy on my son and kindly commute his life sentence so he can be deported back to India.
My son, Satish Mariswamy (Inmate #310331, Michigan Department of Corrections.), is a citizen of India. He is a soft spoken, kind-hearted person who is well regarded by everyone who knows him. He was a keen learner and very good student who obtained a B.S(Industrial Engineering) degree & a MBA from Bangalore Univ., India. His constant eagerness to learn and adventurous attitude motivated him to emigrate to the US in 1999 on a work visa. He was a Project Engineer at Ford Visteon in Plymouth, MI, prior to the unforeseeable events that led to his incarceration in Michigan.
Less than 6 months into his stay in the US, Satish was involved in a tragic incident which resulted in the death of Vijay Bulla, a family friend of ours, who was also an Indian citizen. Apparently, a general conversation between Satish & Vijay escalated into an argument due to a misunderstanding. Satish made some comments about Vijay's personal life which infuriated him and he physically attacked Satish by hitting him on the head with a wrench. In the struggle that ensued Satish, who was in an extreme state of fear and anger, had somehow managed to gain the upper hand & had fatally injured Vijay that resulted in his death.
Prior to this incident Satish had never been in any sort of trouble with the law either in the US or in India. Unaware of the intricacies of the Criminal Justice system Satish did not accept a 13-year Second degree murder plea offered by the Prosecutor's office. The prosecution's theory of the case was that Satish was initially attacked by Vijay but had a chance to retreat but didn't do so and in fact became the aggressor in the middle of the fight. He was convicted of First-degree murder & sentenced to Life in prison.
I do not condone Satish's actions on that fateful day. Vijay was also like a son to me and I feel terrible about the sorrow that his family had to endure. Vijay's brother met with our family in 2005 and expressed their family's concern and forgiveness for my son, Satish. I understand Satish must pay for his actions and he has done so for the past 20 years in prison. During his incarceration he has always tried to contribute to the community and tried to be a positive influence to those around him.
He has worked on extensively Habitat for Humanity homes through the Prison Build project. He was a part of the Garden project at Macomb donating produce to the needy. He has tutored & mentored numerous fellow inmates to achieve their GED & prepare for College level entrance exams. Currently he is training dogs for the Paws with a Cause program who provide free service dogs to disabled people throughout the country. He is well regarded by staff as well as inmates.
Satish has been deeply contrite and remorseful of his actions that led to Vijay's death and wishes them undone but unfortunately, he will have to live with them on his conscience for the rest of his life. I sincerely plead for a second chance for his life. The one grave mistake he made 20 years ago should not be the end of his life. He has a Final Deportation Order from ICE & will be sent back to India upon commutation of his sentence. He can be an asset to his community in India instead of being a drain on the resources of Michigan.
I humbly submit this earnest petition to the honorable Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan to show mercy and to grant my son a commutation.
I kindly request you to sign on to this petition if you believe that Satish deserves a second chance. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!