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Petition to Rhode Island State Police, West Warwick RI Police Department, Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island State Senate, Sheldon Whitehouse, Gina Raimondo

Justice for Justin

In the early hours of Thursday June 29th, 2017 Justin Phelps was pronounced dead at his home in West Warwick, RI of an accidental drug overdose. Although Justin did not make it, he was not alone. Justin's former fiancee', Natasha, would remain in the household until morning. Under the "Good Samaritan Act", Natasha could have contacted emergency services getting Justin the help needed to save his life while also freeing her of any and all responsibility of his overdose. Instead of saving his life, she proceeded to get high and "go to sleep." After investigation the police determined that Natasha had stayed with Justin's deceased body for a duration of at least 8 hours. Officers on scene stated that she was not at fault and allowed her to leave.  Justin's sister Ashley, who resides in the adjoining condo had started attempting to contact her brother Wednesday evening as early as 6 pm, both his and Natasha's phones would only repeatedly send her to voicemail. There were approximately 28 calls that would be ignored by Natasha that evening, Ashley never spoke to her brother again. Sensing something was amiss, she went next door. Knocking loudly, trying to gain entry into the house, she only found herself locked out. Several other friends of Justin had also tried to contact him; all ignored by Natasha. For more than half of my life the Phelps family has been my family, despite having our occasional differences like families often do. I love them and it breaks my heart to see them going through this. It hurts to breathe when I realize that I'm not going to just wake up from this, that I'll never see Justin again. We will never see Justin again. This could have easily been prevented had Natasha simply answered a phone or unlocked a door. Two weeks prior to this incident; Justin had overdosed, rescue was called by Ashley and Justin was revived using narcan. Natasha was furious with Ashley for contacting and "involving" the police, even though it saved his life.  During the investigation Thursday morning while questioning Natasha she told the police that she had been asleep. She went on to give them her phone with a newly deleted call log and an old phone that she claimed to be Justin's; having no missed calls. Ashley quickly pointed out that this was not her brother's phone and provided evidence of the ignored calls on her cellphone but the officers dismissed it. I know that nothing can bring Justin back to us. What I cannot accept is that fact that Natasha walked away from this. Why do we have the Good Samaritan Act if there is no penalty imposed if it's neglected? Especially when the neglect results in death? The fact is that Justin could be alive right now and the only reason he is not is because his girlfriend did not want to involve police. This is not right and what I'm asking for is simply this; Justice for Justin. I would like to see Natasha held at least partially accountable for her actions, or in this case her lack thereof. Perhaps if it was made a punishable crime to neglect the GSA, unfortunate events such as this could be avoided in the future. I cannot even fathom the pain and suffering his family is enduring at this time and it is sincerely my belief that no one should ever have to.      

C James
1,883 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Gulf Correctional Institue, Florida state governor, Surpreme Court, Larry Hogan, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, NAACP

A 17yr Baltimore boy arrested in 1984 sentenced to a max 25 yrs is still there 33yr later

In 1984 Duane Leach (Montese)  was merely a few months of his 18 birthday when he found himself faced with an event that would change his life forever. Duane was thousands of miles from home in the company of much older men. The activities that would have been described less than honorable had taking place during this time. Duane made several attempts to disassociate himself with the activities of the older guys however, was threatened that harm would be bought to his family if he chose to leave. Some unfortunate occurrences took place and a few lives were lost. Admidily Duane had a gun in his position, along with several others although Duane’s gun was not the gun that matched the casings found near the dead bodies. Upon the other suspects own statement Duane was not the individual who shot and killed anyone that lost their lives. In fact the person who did admit to the killing of those individuals received a better sentence because  he was older, had private legal council and the support of his mother. Duane did not have any parental involvement or support and was issued a public defender. Duane’s codefendent has been released for serveral years and has admitted so some inaccuracies regarding Duane’s arrest and involvement  . It has now been 33 yrs in which Duane has been incarcerated in Florida state prison system. He has not been in any trouble for the past several years and has met his required sentence of 25 years. Back in 1990 or so Duane had an altercation with a correctional officer and was charged with that offense. Each time Duane goes for parole this 28 yr old incident still arrises . Duane has participated in several programs and has acquired several trades. He has a 33 year old daughter and two grand children of which he has never meant. The goal is to have this case reveiwed with the intentions of releasing Mr. Leach . He has family, love and support waiting on him. He has remained very close with his family over the years, one of the hardest task is the distance between Maryland and Florida. This type of hardship has caused visits to be less frequent. I am Looking to see support for the release of Duane Leach. 

Free Duane Leach
144 supporters