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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
155 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mike DeWine

Voices for Mackenzie Basham

My daughter Mackenzie Basham pled guilty to 9 counts of burglary in August 2014. She was advised by her attorney to take a deal unethically. She was 19, with a prior of 2 seat belt violations at time of arrest. Allen County Sheriff Samuel A. Crish made a statement publicly of others involved in these crimes in May 2014. No other persons were brought in on any charges associated with this case.Allen County Prosecutor, Juergen A. Waldick, also knew of others involved in these crimes.The head Crime scene investigator on her case was police sergeant Fredrick DePalma. DePalma, 49, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015 for 35 counts of theft in office and 24 counts of tampering with evidence. He committed the police misconduct on cases in 2014.  DePalma signed every single piece of evidence in Mackenzie's discovery packet against her in 2014. Mackenzie admitted to having stolen property in her apartment and car and being paid to take it to pawn shops. The sentencing judge said aloud that drugs and the "wrong" crowd had put Mackenzie in this situation. In a courtroom full of Mackenzie's family and friends, not one official of Allen County said a word as she pled guilty out of pure fear to every single one of these crimes alone. That would mean 9 burglaries in 3 days, done by one 19 year old girl. She was given a 14 year sentence.  Mackenzie had a 2 year old baby at the time of sentencing, he is now 6 years old.  Please help me be a voice to get Mackenzie a shorter sentence so she can be reunited with her son before 2028. In 2028 her son will be 17 years old, and my daughter will be 34 years old. She has served enough time for her involvement in these crimes and has learned a very difficult lesson. She is now drug free and ready to have a second chance on life. She is a loving mother and a beautiful caring person. She is ready to function in society in a positive way now at 23 years old.  Please help me be her voice on the outside by signing this petition. My goal is to get Mackenzie a commutation of her sentence. This would make her sentence shorter and give an encouraging light at the end of the tunnel for our family who loves her so much. Positive letters of support for Mackenzie can be sent to: Ohio Parole Board Mackenzie Basham #090219 770 West Broad St, Columbus Ohio 43222.

Judy Frisby
1,917 supporters