Clemency Support for Christopher Holyfield
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I am asking you to join me in supporting Christopher Holyfield, and his efforts to receive Executive Clemency from President Trump.
In the year 2000, Christopher Holyfield was charged with conspiracy to possess 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, and possession of 3 grams or less of crack cocaine. In either case, no violence was involved. Subsequently, Christopher was sentenced to a mandatory minimum life sentence, without the possibility of parole. Today, he has been incarcerated for 16 years.
Christopher was incarcerated at the age of 32. Today, he is 48 years old. During his time away, he has lost a parent and gained four grandchildren. Due to his incarceration, he has been able to be fully bond with them. In addition, his mother is elderly, and he is not certain how much longer she will live. It is imperative that he comes home. His family needs him desperately.
Furthermore, he has five children of his own who he has not been able to see grow up. Of these children, he has a 17-year-old daughter whose mother was in a car accident when she was 3. As a result of the accident, her mother is suffering from brain damage, and has been hospitalized every since. For the past 14 years, his daughter has been void of the proper love and support of a parent. He is the only parent she has that could be a functional, productive parent, but he can’t do it behind bars. Christopher wants more than anything to carry out the rest of his life with his family, so he can be there for them, love them genuinely, and guide them properly.
Christopher states, “I am truly sorry for the crimes I have committed, and I pray for forgiveness. I would like to return to my community and be a productive member of society. Since my incarceration, I have matured a lot. My thinking is different now. I value my freedom and life more.” At some moments in our lives, we all make bad decisions, but when we take accountability for our actions we give ourselves room to change for the better. This is exactly what Christopher has done.
During his incarceration, Christopher received his General Education Diploma (GED) along with a 200 hour computer course, a 240 hour micro computing course, a 240 hour Business Education course, along with so many other accolades. Christopher is an exemplar of rehabilitation, accountability, progress, and success. On behalf of him, his family, and all who support his efforts at clemency, I ask humbly that you sign and support this petition.
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