Commute the 25 Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Michael Giles

Three years ago my son Michael was attacked outside of a club in Tallahassee, FL. His attacker admitted in open court that he attacked Michael with no provocation.

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Michael’s attacker admitted he was angry that someone had interrupted his dance, and wanted to hurt the next person he saw. That next person standing to the side, not partaking in the violence, was Michael. His attacker was not fighting alone, state witnesses testified that there were between 30-40 people involved in the brawl. The state’s own witnesses also testified that the aggressor instigated several other fights that night, and was acting erratically and violently. His attacker’s own friend testified she was worried the aggressor would kill or seriously injure someone. In comparison, state witnesses testified that Michael, was calmly standing to the side, and did nothing to provoke the attack.

My husband and I are proud military veterans, with a combined 40 years of service, and we were proud when our son also chose to serve his country. Michael completed a tour in Iraq and Kuwait and was looking forward to furthering his career in the military, but now all of that has changed. We believe that we have raised a good man. He had no prior criminal offenses, no history of violence, and was a outstanding father and Airman. So we do not understand how the state of Florida could sentence him to a mandatory 25 years for defending himself.

For the rest of the story and to sign the petition go to:

http://www.change.org/petitions/commute-the-25-year-mandatory-minimum-sentence-for-michael-giles

 

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About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Brookline, Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and a dramatized poem.
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One Response to Commute the 25 Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Michael Giles

  1. emanita01 says:

    King Motambo posted the following comments:
    “The Judge declared it was a harsh sentence, but “That’s what lady law asks of me, and I’m gone give what she wants!! Yeehaah!!”
    We created laws, not Gods, to protect ourselves from each other, so that we could all live together. Laws are supposed to be structures we can count on to built societies, not an axe that’s going to blindy fall on the righteous… and weirdly never on the guilty (or seemingly never on the guilty…)
    This Airman is going to spend 25 years in prison, after “fighting to protect american citiczen” (that’s another topic, but let’s stay focused here) while a crazy fucker shot a kid dead, and simply walks…
    We’re not supposed to obey blindly to laws. We made them. Us. Not Gods.
    We’re not supposed to stand by this. We’re not supposed to be tools of justice, it is supposed to be our tool: Sword and Shield.”
    18 février, 10:45

    King Motambo:
    I hope the time to show them comes quickly…
    18 février, 10:45

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