Reduce sentence

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I am starting this petition on behave of Michael Fasola. Michael Fasola was convicted of second degree murder at the age of 17, and was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, for the fatal shooting of 16 yr old Jon Springman in 1999. Michael is very remorseful for the pain he caused to the family and friends of his Jon Springman. Especially his Mother. Michael is now 30 yrs old he is definitely a change person , he is a man now, and he has to live everyday with what he has done. But, since Michael has been incarcerated he has continued his education, by getting his GED, and an associate degree in graphic art design, he has also participated in many organizations and has participated in the Angola Rodeo.
He has been incarcerated for over 12 yrs. Michael was a 17 yr old kid on drugs and alcohol, and unfortunately that is a bad combination. Now since the Supreme Court has passed the law stating that they can not give juvenile offenders life sentences, he is up for re-sentencing. He can no longer receive a MANDATORY life sentence and should be re sentenced to the next responsive verdict of manslaughter as a 1st offender, as others convicted of murder as a juvenile have been already sentenced. Please take a few minutes to read this article, in his behave, it will give you a better understanding of why adolescents do the things they sometimes do and even more so when drugs and alcohol are involved.

A National Institutes of Health study proposes that the part of the brain that restrains risky behavior, including reckless driving, and thinking skills is not fully developed until the age of 25.

“Violent adolescent doesn’t necessarily become a violent adult. Some two-thirds to three-quarters of violent youth grow out of it, he said. “They get more self-controlled.”

Teens' brains hold key their impulsiveness

Michael has a daughter who was around 9 months old when he went to prison, She is now about to make 13 yrs. old. She has built a relationship with her father, best they can under the circumstances, she gets to visit him occasionally and they talk on the phone at least once a week.
I feel Michael deserves a second chance in society. For he is no longer a kid, he is now a responsible adult capable of making adult decisions and being aware of his consequences, unlike when he was an adolescent.

In signing this petition you are agreeing Michael Fasola should be sentenced to no more than 20 years.

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