Pardon Shaina Sepulvado who received LWOP at 16
  • Petitioned Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

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Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
Texas
Gov. Rick Perry

Pardon Shaina Sepulvado who received LWOP at 16

    1. Lerma Lilith
    2. Petition by

      Lerma Lilith

      Martinez, CA

We, the undersigned, are seeking a FULL PARDON for Shaina Sepulvado, who was sentenced at the age of 16 to LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE for the murder of her abusive step-father in 2007. Here are the reasons we believe Shaina needs and deserves an immediate pardon:

Read a detailed description of Shaina's case here http://justice4juveniles.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/the-story-of-shaina-sepulvado/


We are asking for a Full pardon for Shaina of the Capitol Murder Charges and conviction for the following reasons.
A) Shaina was a minor at the time of the offense at only 16 years old. There is evidence that supports she was coerced by others especially her own mother.
B) Shaina was said to have a well below average intelligence at an IQ of 73 and that factor was not taken into account at trial, plus this made her more susceptible and vulnerable to being manipulated by others, Especially in the case of a mother.
C) Contradictory expert opinions regarding her culpability and psychological functioning.
D) Lack of Physical Evidence, most was testimony of her co-defendants who were culprits in the crime itself.
E) The research shows that the longer juveniles and young adults are exposed to the adult prison system, the more likely they are to reoffend in the future. We need to remove Shaina from the system before it is too late!

For more information, and up to the date news please help support Shaina here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-for-Shaina-Sepulvado/281910941869204

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Almost top 1500

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      We're almost to 1500 Signatures and while we're close we need to keep that number moving! Every time you sign or have someone sign a copy goes to the Texas Bored of Pardons and Paroles. We need to keep Gaining. Here is Text from an Article in the Texas Daily Sentinel that Talked about Shaina.

    2. We have hit our first goal of 1000 Signatures!

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      WE HAVE HIT 1004 SIGNATURES AND GOING. Melissa Higgins and I Lilith Kibbutz Lerma NEED TO THANK ALL OF YOU SO DEEPLY, AND FROM Shaina Sepulvado AND HER GRANDMOTHER Cindy Lowery WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE TO HELP US GET HERE!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. 2 more and we're at 700

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      Lets do a huge push and see how many signatures we can get today! Join our Facebook Event Link Below~

    5. We have Signatures

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      We are at almost 700 Signatures for Shaina! We appreciate all the support we have been getting for her, and hope that you can all help us Reach higher numbers!

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. 1 away from 400

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone, we're just one signature away from 400, lets see if we can hit that mark then push farther! Please help us by sharing this petition and joining Shaina's support page on Facebook!

    8. 384

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      I thank all of you for supporting Shaina. We're at a 384 person signature, we NEED more. We want to be able to get Shaina home. We want to see her have a chance at life. Please help us get to more signatures and support

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Article Written about Shaina's Case

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      Please take a look at the link Below, Written to give everyone info on the Case that brought this injustice.

    11. 175 Wow

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      We appreciate the hard work many have done in getting us to 175 signatures! please continue to help us fight for Shaina. Her Support page on Facebook can always use some fresh faces, as well as her Twitter at @ShainaSepulvado and #TEAMSHAINASEPULVADO We thank all of you so much for the help!

    12. issues signing

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      We have been having issues with the petition here! So i have created a secondary petition and ask you to go there instead

    13. 104 and climbing

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      Wow I am personally in Awe of all the words of support, and the love you share. We cannot continue this fight against Shaina and other JLWOP cases alone, but together maybe we can help to bring Shaina home, to one day have a life and love and a Family which she so desperately wants. Please continue to Share this petition Join us on her FB support page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-for-Shaina-Sepulvado/281910941869204
      Shaina is aware of all we're doing, your words will be passed onto her! We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!!

    14. Reached 100 signatures
    15. Up to almost 80 now

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      We're doing well so far, lets continue to Show Shaina her support! I'll be sending her all your messages!

    16. Reached 50 signatures
    17. Please take time to share this page

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      It is well known that Rick Perry does not often care about those in prison. However we need to rally supporters for Shaina so we are able to get her home. Share this petition, like her Facebook Support page and ask for others to do the same!

    18. Reached 25 signatures
    19. Shaina has told me more then once she didn't feel anyone would ever help

      Lerma Lilith
      Petition Organizer

      Shaina is overwhelmed by your support and thanks all of you deeply.

    20. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Char Schley MT. OLIVER, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a own pals If Shainas and believe She was given a Very wrong sentence.

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    • Emilie Vernon STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
      • over 1 year ago

      It seems to be obvious to the rest of the... "civilized" world that children/juveniles should NOT be treated or considered the same as adults when it comes to determining intent and planning in committing a crime, nor should sentencing of the two different groups be the same. Why does the US judicial system so often have a completely different stance?

      To me, this alone is a miscarriage of justice! Children and teenagers are impulsive, they don't always consider the consequences of their actions beforehand, because they can't. This is because the human brain isn't fully developed until sometimes as late as the age of 25-26 (medical fact).

      On top of this, this girl was for all intents and purposes a LITTLE girl at the time, given her emotional/psychological immaturity and her IQ of 73 (bordering on a handicap).

      A child with an IQ of 73 should be given ample extra help and attention at school, at home, etc - not be met with a "put her in prison for life and throw away the key-attitude". She received practically the same sentence as an adult serial killer would have (that is, in the states that don't practice the capital punishment). The mind boggles.

      The fact that Shaina's mother has admitted that her husband was probably sexually abusing the child while she, herself, was looking the other way, should of course have been adressed at court hearings. And if it was found to be true, it would/should be a VERY strong mitigating circumstance.

      All in all, society, media and the judicial system (and, sadly, even her own mother) have all badly wronged this girl, the way I see it.

      Please let Shaina out of prison and give her the help/therapy she needs in order to process all these years of trauma, violence and abandonment.

      If Shaina remains in prison for the rest of her life.....

      I'm sorry, but suddenly I find myself at a loss for words. It just beggers belief.

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    • Charles Thomson LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Shaina was a child and influenced by her mother and the older more mature boyfriend Dallas. She should have got no more then 5 - 8 years. The American "justice" system is very flawed.

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    • sandra salvatore RIBEIRAO PRETO, BRAZIL
      • almost 2 years ago

      shania was raped, and all the rapists need die, shaina is the true victim, and shaina's mother is a horrible person, because she protected a monster = her husband :(

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    • Giovani Andreoli BAGé, BRAZIL
      • almost 2 years ago

      because it's wrong!

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