"CHANGE LIFE SENTENCE WITHOUT PAROLE OVER A BOUNCED CHECK"
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My Uncle Gerald Bates was minimally involved in a 1993 Robbery/Burglary with absolutely no victim injury. The recommended sentence based on offense number and severity, Lack of victim injury and Gerald's prior record, Minor substance possession and a few bounced checks was between 4 1/2 years recommended and 12 years permitted. However Judge R. Hudson Ollaf, one of Florida's most notoriously harsh Judges imposed a Life without parole sentence the basis being the bounced check prior conviction. Gerald had never been involved in any Serious crimes nor had never been subject to a prison sentence. Gerald has served 24 years. Gerald has been involved in nothing but educational and betterment programs. The courts have turned a blind eye to this injustice. Having the Governor commute the sentence to a term of years is his only hope. Governor Scott please commute Gerald's Draconian Life without parole sentence to a term of years.
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