My name is Daniel Ryan and I am a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity here at the University of Maryland. If you could take a minute and help my family and I out to prevent a gross miscarriage of justice, I would be forever grateful for whatever assistance the community can provide.
In October of 2007 my brother Kevin, a freshmen at Towson University, was walking home from a friends apartment. Unfortunately, he would never make it home. Matthew Miller, 25 or 26 years old at the time, was also coming home from a party but he chose to drive drunk. He jumped the curb and hit my brother into the street, and fled the scene. Later, he would crash into a lightpole several blocks down the road and would call the police telling them that his car had been hijacked by a group of black men. He took the cowards way out and tried to escape being caught for his actions. Because he fled the scene, another car struck my brother while he was lying in the street. Luckily this driver stopped and called the police.
To make a long story short my brother would not survive: my family chose to honor his wishes and donated his organs, saving people’s lives. Mr Miller was caught, arrested, pled guilty to felony manslaughter, and sentenced to 18 months in prison. He served 7. Now, years later, he and his lawyer have filed a Probation Before Judgment motion in court. This would essentially wipe his record clean. He would be able to go into a job interview and say “No I have never been convicted of a felony.” That is like him saying “No, I have never killed anyone.” The Baltimore County Police, the State Prosecutor, my family and I are going to fight this tooth and nail. His motion must not be allowed to pass and YOU CAN HELP.
We are organizing a letter writing campaign to the judge to stop this from happening. Tell him that this must not be allowed to happen, that Mr Miller should live with what he did for the rest of his life. If this was an alcohol citation, or a drunk in public arrest, sure you can erase that from your record. But he killed someone. He killed my brother, and erasing this from his criminal record will not bring him back to us.
If you could take 10 minutes out of your day to write the judge a letter, I would greatly appreciate it. Read more about the case, along with a statement from my Dad and the address of the judge here:
You don’t even have to mail it yourself, just email it back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will take care of It myself.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read all of this.
If nothing else, the takeaway from this is to not drive drunk. If you cant walk and you need a ride home, ride the bus, call niteride, call a friend, call anyone you know who can drive. That’s what your friends are there for: to help you. And I can think of no better way to help than to get you home safely.
University of Maryland
Class of 2013
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