Grant Avis Lee a Public Hearing.
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In 2013, Avis Lee just turned 52 in prison where she has unjustly served 32 years.
Avis, along with her brother and a friend, planned and attempted a robbery on Robert Walker in 1980. Avis was across the street during the robbery, acting as a lookout. Mr. Walker was killed during the robbery attempt. Avis attempted to help the victim by telling a bus driver there was an injured man in the parking lot. She was just 18 years old.
She and her brother and friend never intended to kill anyone. She didn’t pull the trigger or see it happen; however, she was sentenced to life without parole under the Felony Murder Rule which makes any participants criminally liable for deaths that occur during a felony.
Avis is remorseful and takes responsibility for her involvement in the crime.
As an aging woman, Avis is a low risk for re-offending. Furthermore, it will cost taxpayers about $40,000 a year to continue her incarceration. And since Avis was sentenced to life in prison, there is no possibility for her parole.
Avis has earned a business degree and career skills, has an appropriate home to live in upon release, and a life plan so she may actively and freely contribute to society.
Avis has community support and Cambridge Springs prison, where she is housed, supports her release!
Avis has applied for commutation, which would consider her time in prison as 'served' and allow her to become a free, productive member of society.
The next step in the commutation process is for the five member board of pardons to grant her a public hearing and recommend a pardon from the governor. We urge everyone to sign on to support her request for commutation and public hearing. Avis deserves a second chance.
**Check out this youtube video about Avis!
Members of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons,
I, the undersigned, respectfully urge that you grant a public hearing for Avis Lee (prisoner # OO-6302) who has served 32 years in prison, currently at Cambridge Springs. Avis has requested commutation of her life sentence that she received under the Felony Murder Rule.
Avis takes responsibility for her part in the robbery and is remorseful about the death of Robert Walker. Avis was only 18 years old and attempted to help Mr. Walker by alerting a bus driver of his condition. She did not intend for anyone to get hurt.
The prison supports her release and she has made an effort to educate herself and is ready to contribute her skills and talents to society.
I support commutation for Avis Lee. She deserves a second chance.
I look forward to hearing from you once her request for commutation has been reviewed and/or a hearing is scheduled.
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