Grant clemency to my son, Tracy "Tray" Feagan

Grant clemency to my son, Tracy "Tray" Feagan

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Phyllis Wyne started this petition to President Donald Trump

It's painful to admit this, but through a series of unfortunate circumstances and poor choices, I was a low-level, non-violent drug dealer of powder cocaine in Birmingham, Alabama.  Now, I am federal inmate sentenced to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.  The truth of the matter is that I conspired with others to distribute cocaine and they conspired to set me up and made a deal to implicate me in their meth conspiracy so that they could get lesser sentences.  I was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute 5 Kilos or more of powder cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering and sentenced under the statutory recidivism enhancement to life without the possibility of parole, imposed after I exercised my constitutional right to go to trial.  I was taken from my home and family and sentenced to die in prison for a non-violent crime, while the kingpin and other conspirators were rewarded with much lighter sentences and by 2013 released to go home to their wives, children, and families.

I am a 49-year-old husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother in a wonderful family who has had to struggle for almost 13 years due to my bad judgment.  Although I was not a stellar citizen, I was a good husband and parent, and supported my children in every way.  My mother and only sister have basically used all of their savings and resources to hire legal support for me, to keep me clothed and fed properly during my imprisonment, and to prepare my appeal filings and petitions for clemency.   My mother fell ill in 2015, was in a diabetic coma for 6 days which all of her doctors say was stress-induced.  It pains me so much to know what part I played in her stress—feeling that she has lost her first born and only son. 

I am a non-violent offender and non-violent inmate with an exemplary record of conduct and achievement in prison.  I have taken full advantage of all the training and programs offered, including the Drug Program.  I have been continuously employed during incarceration including, but not limited to, Unit Orderly, Compound Worker, Sports Orderly, and Coaching Basketball Teams.  I have experienced a profound and thorough rehabilitation during my incarceration. I have matured a lot and take full responsibility for my actions.   

I have been incarcerated since my arrest on August 24, 2007, almost 13 years, and take full responsibility for my criminal behavior.  My thinking is completely different now.  I know and understand that because of my involvement in selling drugs, I deserved to go to prison.  However, if I were sentenced today under recent sentencing reform guidelines, I would not have received the extreme trial penalty sentence of Life without the possibility of parole. Significant changes embedded in the First Step Act would drastically reduce my sentence.  My statutory sentencing range would be ten years to life. I have already served well over ten years. Prison has done its work and I am prepared, ready and inspired to re-enter society as a productive citizen. 

My re-entry strategy includes continuing to work with the Can-Do Foundation and also with The Dannon Project, a re-entry services organization, in Birmingham, Alabama.  Upon release, I have three solid opportunities for employment with thriving, reputable, and profitable companies in Birmingham.  I will return home to my loving and supportive family as a citizen committed to a different path – a path that will include hard work and a profound appreciation for our nation and our God.  I will do everything possible to right my wrongs and will work whole heartedly to prevent kids from making the same mistakes that I made. 

I am so very grateful to Can-Do for the opportunity to seek a second chance at freedom, after so many denials.  Thank you, Honorable President Donald J. Trump, for mercy and a second chance. I swear that I will never enter a life of crime again.

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