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Prison Sentencing

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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Peter Magrino, Ashley Moody, Ron DeSantis, Brad King

Brad King we demand Justice

My Story: On July 26, 2014, my 25-year-old daughter Katherine Bryan Hoover and her husband went to visit her husband's friend, 35-year-old William DeHayes, at his home in Brooksville, Florida. During their visit, DeHayes decided to show off his gun collection. His subsequent recklessly negligent actions would prove fatal to my daughter, as well as to her unborn son, Rehlin. My devastated family and I are seeking justice on their behalf. Here's what happened that horrible day. When DeHayes began showing off his gun collection, he checked the first several guns to ensure they weren't loaded. But when he pulled out his .22 caliber revolver, he neither checked to see if the safety was on, nor if it was loaded--an act of complete and utter negligence. While showing off this unchecked .22 caliber revolver to his visitors, DeHayes began twirling the revolver in his hand like a gunslinger, in an incredibly cavalier manner ("kinda like a cowboy would," he later told police). He was pointing the revolver in Katherine's direction. The gun was cocked and loaded. As DeHayes twirled it on his finger, it discharged, shooting Katherine in the head. Katherine was rushed to the hospital, where she died a few hours later. Doctors delivered her unborn son, Rehlin, via emergency C-section, but as he was only at 5 months' gestation, he lived a mere 30 minutes before dying, as well. My family and I are bereft at these senseless, tragic, and completely preventable losses. I rushed to the hospital to be at Katherine's side, and I cannot tell you how traumatic the entire experience was. I've never seen so much blood before in my life as I did that night. Watching my baby girl leave this world and remembering the joy of when she came into this world, I thought I was going to die right there beside her. I begged and pleaded with the doctors to save her, even though I knew in my head that they couldn't do anything for her. My heart just couldn't accept it. Katherine also left behind a beautiful little boy, Nicholas, who is 6. He will have to endure a lifetime without his loving, devoted mother--all because of DeHayes' negligence. Making matters worse, because investigators say that Katherine's death was due to an "accidental shooting," they have declined to charge DeHayes, despite the fact that drug paraphernalia (specifically, a bong) was at the crime scene--and despite the fact that DeHayes essentially admitted in his interview with the Hernando County sheriff to a pattern of negligence. According to a recording of his interview obtained by the Daily Beast, he told the sheriff: "I haven’t slept in three days trying to figure out how the hell [the gun] went off. I don’t know. I mean them damn guns. The shotgun goes off when it wants to. I almost blew my damn head off twice." Excuse me, but shotguns don't go off when they "want" to. Shotguns go off when their owners are negligent. Full stop. Despite this damning evidence of repeated negligence, and despite the fact that there are children in DeHayes' home who might be at risk, officials not only refused to arrest or charge him: they also gave him his guns back, without so much as a slap on the wrist. I am shocked, appalled, and devastated at how the judicial system has failed us. In fact, I feel like I am going crazy. How is it that DeHayes' right to own and play recklessly with his guns trumps my daughter's right to life? If a person drowns a dog, charges are filed. Is not my daughter's life, and that of her baby, worth more than that of a dog? How can this be? Please, help us secure justice for Katherine and Rehlin. Please prosecute DeHayes for involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and/or other appropriate charges, and give him a trial before a jury of his peers. As his pattern of recklessness demonstrates, he is a menace to society. He deserves to be prosecuted for his unconscionable actions that proved fatal to Katherine and Rehlin. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Donna Bryan bereaved mother of Katherine Bryan Hoover

Donna Bryan
16,441 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Kay Ivey

FREE COLBY DWIGHT BIRDSONG, Unfairly Charged, Unfairly tried, Unfairly Convicted

Can you imagine being put into prison knowing that you are actually innocent? Can you imagine your mother paying $6000 to an attorney then finding out he has been disbarred and that you'll get your money back in payments of $20 each month? Well due to lies, corruption, and lack of justice this has happened to Colby, he has been incarcerated for over four years. The Court of Criminal Appeals read the letter we wrote to them and appointed an attorney to look into this matter. The appointed attorney saw that Colby should have never been given a prison sentence and asked for a resentencing hearing. The same judge who sent this young man to prison set the resentencing hearing for August 2019! That is over two years away! He was sentenced as if he was a habitual criminal but had no criminal history. He was given the maximum sentence for charges that did not exist. He is in a maximum security prison where the majority of the inmates are serving life sentences without parole and Colby has to try to survive every day because other inmates have nothing to lose if they kill him. He has been threatened along with his family. He has been assaulted and shanked but nothing was done. Please take a moment and read the facts. Please sign this petition, this young man is living a nightmare and fights to not give up because he knows he is innocent. At the very least, please pray for Colby. It is with sincere hearts that we beg for help, sign this petition to show faith in a fellow human being. The corruption in Morgan County Alabama has put him in prison with a 25 year sentence and won't look at their mistake for two more years and possibly let him out (it might make someone look bad). It seems that he could be released if someone with some common sense would look at his case - the facts are there and simple. President Trump we ask for your help because you have the wisdom to see Colby's case fairly, because you have the heart to reach out and give this man his life back, and because you have the power to take action and pardon him.    Colby Dwight Birdsong was involved with a woman who tried to ruin his life. She has a pattern through her relationships with others that seems to repeat itself. He became involved and they began to have altercations because she has a volatile temperament. She took out several protection from abuse orders but then she would contact him, pursue him, and spend time with him. This female was also involved in multiple relationships with people who were connected to members of law enforcement and made it difficult for Colby to get treated fairly. Getting him out of prison will give our community a good man to be our neighbor and friend, who will be a productive citizen.  This is our letter:To the State of Alabama Court of Criminal AppealsReasons why we ask you to consider Colby Dwight Birdsong for an appeal on his case. He is not guilty.Poor representation by court appointed attorney.The hired attorney was disbarred.Colby's file was lost, when hired attorney's office was closed by the bar association. Hired Attorney fled with all the fees he had been paid by Colby's family.Court appointed attorney voiced anger toward Colby because he was reappointed after being fired by Colby.A judge ruled that the protection orders were null and void.The judge stated that the other Judge could not void the protection orders.The plaintiff violated all the protection orders by contacting Colby and continuing to have a relationship with Colby.Maximum sentencing was given although Colby had no prior criminal behavior.The plaintiff has documented a history of mental illness and violent behavior.Plaintiff had an influence on law enforcement officers involved in police reports to favor the plaintiff.Witnesses were not called to testify at trial that were critical to Colby's defense.A crucial witness was not allowed to speak in favor of Colby who would have shown that Colby was not guilty.An eyewitness was not allowed to testify the whole truth.Plaintiff perjured herself at trial.One of the prosecution's witnesses perjured herself.Evidence for the defense was not presented by a court-appointed attorney that was crucial for defense.Plaintiff had adequate time to self-inflict alleged marks and wounds after grandparents left the scene and before law enforcement arrived at the scene because she was left alone at the scene.Zip ties allegedly used to kidnap plaintiff were not present at the scene or presented at trial.Photos of plaintiff's marks/wounds did not show who was in the photos.A sworn affidavit from a witness was not presented that would have shown the plaintiff was not being honest and was threatening Colby and this witness.Court appointed attorney told the witness with the affidavit that he did not need to be present at trial and then the Judge would not let court-appointed attorney admit into evidence the affidavit because the witness was not in the courtroom. The rules during the trial were not followed by the prosecution preventing the defendant from being able to show he was not guilty.The court-appointed appeals attorney displayed anger toward Sharon Jett and withdrew from the case without waiting for the deadline for Colby to send in the appeal letter.

Sonja Abernathy
327 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ralph S. Northam, Virginia State Senate, Virginia State House, Facebook, Twitter, Human Rights Campaign, Change.org, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Foxx, Gerald E. Connolly, A. Donald McEachin, Janet D. Howell, ABC, CBS, Washington Post, NBC, USA Today

Please help our dad by supporting his conditional release!

EVERY PARENT WANTS AND DESERVES TO SEE THEIR CHILDREN GRADUATE FROM SCHOOL!!! And unless we help this father, he will miss the significant moment that his daughters will walk across the stage, honoring him for all his efforts, while parenting from behind bars. Miguel Jimenez-Gomez has already missed every birthday, holiday, and milestone in his daughters' and family's lives due to being railroaded in the Virginia court system at a tender age. Miguel has already served 15 of 31 years for stealing a cellphone when he was a young, dumb, 19 years old. During this height of mass-incarceration, Virginia's offenders were forced to serve "Truth-in-Sentencing" punishments; clearly, they used young Miguel as an example for all his peers, and overly sentenced him, as HIS SENTENCE DOESN'T FIT THE CRIME! His newsworthy case was taken all the way to the Supreme Court in an attempt to appeal the atrocious decision of an ornery judge. Ultimately, he had ineffective counsel that negligently handled his case and failed to file his appeal. (Like so many other cases in the Virginia penal system)! After exhausting every legal resource and financial avenue available at that time, Miguel reluctantly accepted his overwhelming fate; that he wasn't going to see his family, especially his 1year old baby, for 3 decades. Now, after serving half of his oppressive sentence and maximizing his potential for defined rehabilitation, he is at the mercy of his Excellency, the governor of Virginia, Mr. Ralph Northam, to have his sentence commuted. All he wants is to be able to hold his daughters hand on graduation day and make up for all the time he has been away from society. So much in this life has changed and passed him by already. Give him a chance to be productive and successful!  On behalf of his entire network of family and friends, associates and advocates alike, we are requesting from Governor Northam a reduction of his sentence, whereas a conditional release would be ultimately granted. We need him home! His daughters need him home. He has been gone from us and his community for far too long since Virginia ended parole in 1995. There are so many people being affected by the outcome of this. You are our only hope!  Would you agree that these lengthy sentences are destroying our families, our society, and our economy? Do you agree that it's traumatizing a generation of parent-less children? Then I implore you to sign this petition and share it as much as possible so that we can show our government officials that it's time for a real change, time to end truth-in-sentencing, time to return these men and women to their families, and it starts right here with Miguel Jimenez-Gomez!!! It's time for him to be free!!!  #FreeourFamilies  

Jacquee Oakes
511 supporters