Help free shukur brown

Help free shukur brown

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My name is Shukur Brown. I am 25 years old and I'm currently severing a 22-40 year sentence for the accidental shooting of my best friend Gianni Herron. At the time of the accident I was 16 and Gianni was 15. It was January 1, 2013 easily the worst day of my life. Gianni, me and my cousin had attended a party across town where we bought a sawed off shotgun for $35 then headed home. We was enjoying bringing in the new year by smoking weed and firing off rounds into the air. The next part has always been hard for me to talk about, but I must express the worst mistake I have ever made. While in my families basement we was suppose to play my cousins Xbox, but he left his piece to the game at home. So we just sat around bored, smoking weed, joking and playing around with guns. passing them around, carelessly without thinking we all began pointing them at each other simply playing and joking around saying " I could have shot you " I could have got you" ect. I didn't know that the gun I had (which was the sawed off shotgun we had just purchased) was actually loaded (seeing as we had just shot off a lot of rounds in the air) as I was lowering the shotgun it hit my knee then discharged hitting my best friend Gianni in the chest. I never meant to hurt Gianni in anyway. We were just playing. I was in pure shock. I couldnt believe what had just happened. I started crying and saying "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to do it" " I didn't mean to do it , I'm sorry" " I just shot my best friend" " I didn't mean too" I tried calling 911 but couldn't speak. My father rushed down stairs and told my sister to call 911 while he gave aid to Gianni. I sat there by his side looking him in his eyes saying " I'm sorry. I didn't mean too, please don't die. I'm sorry" until the police arrived and drove me to the station for questioning.

I heard of people playing around with guns and accidentally shooting each other but I never thought this would have happened to me in a million years. When this happened it changed me. They locked me up charging me as an adult with 2nd degree murder. Crying I asked how could this be? It was an accident, we were kids, we were just playing. I cried for what seemed like a hundred days and nights replaying the incident in my head. waking up in cold sweats seeing blood on my hands hearing my best friend saying " call the ambulance, I don't want to die". I had his family asking me why, My family asking me why but I didn't have an answer other then "I didn't mean to do it", "it was an accident" "we were just playing". I went through a depression. I didn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I didn't want to talk. I couldn't smile or laugh. I became antisocial. I wished I was dead and he was alive instead of me. My mother seen it too I could see her hurting because I was hurting. She seen that I wasn't the same smiling, loving, talkative kid, humorous kid I once was. I was broken, distraught and traumatized. I blamed myself everyday. I hated myself. his couple I have been so stupid, immature and reckless.

My family hired the "Best" lawyer they could with the little money they had. The statements given by me and my cousin showed that this was truly an unfortunate accident. yet being that I was a young man from the inner city, I felt like I was given an unjust chance. I was never offered a plea deal and my lawyer never truly tried to help me. He told my family not to come to court because it would hurt my case. He also told My cousin (who was the only Eye Witness to the accident, who corroborated my story) not to come to court. I feel like he never did any real investigating. At trial my lawyer did not use logical trial strategy. My lawyer gave a false claim of self-defense at my trial with no evidence to support his so called "Strategy" and he knew that me and my cousin gave statements to authorities admitting that it was truly an unfortunate accident. He confused the jury by telling them one minute that it was truly an accident (which is true and means that I had no intentions on harming Gianni) then contradicted his statement with his frivolous and untrue statements of self-defense (which isn't true and would meant that I intended on harming Gianni ). His statements tore me apart. How could he make those frivolous accusations? Gianni was my best friend. I never meant to harm him in anyway. The person my family trusted and hired to protect me ultimately was the one who hurt me the most in the end.

I was a young man playing with weapons. I was wrong. I accepted responsibility and knew I had to pay for my mistake. The system over charged me and never took into consideration the fact that I never had any priors, I was a juvenile, my immaturity at the time or that I took responsibility for my actions. is that truly justice?

I've grown a lot since I've been incarcerated. I have a different out look on life now. I realized that i cant become the man I'm suppose to be until I eliminate the person I thought I was. I want to help instead of hurt. I don't want my legacy to be that I was a "Thug" "Savage" or "Hoodlum" I want people to remember me as the good hearted, God fearing, helpful, respectful and family oriented man that I am that made mistake but didn't let his past define him. I don't want to be a statistic and die in prison or make it out and come back. prison helped me learn my self. I know my buttons. I only surround my self with positive and like minded people. I think before I react or speak. I think before I make a move and more important I think for others. I read lots of books and do alot of self help programs. I've successfully obtained my G.E.D while incarcerated and now I'm working towards getting my business degree through Mott college to one day own my own construction company.

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