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To: Gavin Newsom

FREE Sean O'Brien

FREE Sean O'Brien

Commute the sentence of Sean O'Brien, wrongfully convicted in adult court at age 16 and sentenced to Life without the possibility of parole plus 10 years for a crime with which he had no involvement. Please bring him home immediately to the safety of his family and to begin to live the life he deserves. Sean tested positive for COVID19 on June 4, 2020.

Why is this important?

Sean is in danger because he has tested positive for COVID19. He is not a threat to society, and has never been violent.
Sean has spent 17 long years in prison; that's over half his life! He was taken from his family at age 16, condemned to life in prison, and forced to grow up behind bars. The state of California has no physical evidence against Sean, he was convicted based solely on the testimony of so-called witnesses who were cooperating with the police and took a plea deal in order to avoid the death penalty. Sean was interrogated at age 16 without being read his Miranda rights and without an adult present on his behalf, but has always maintained his innocence. In 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Sean's favor based on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and granted him an Evidentiary Hearing. In January 2017, Sean proved his innocence in Federal Court at his Evidentiary Hearing; including the fact that the state's key witness lied under oath at Sean's trial.
The State of California has nothing to dispute the evidence Sean has proving his innocence. Yet, he is still behind bars. He has been waiting over 3 years for a ruling on his case. And there is no end in sight.

Sean is a hard working college student with a 4.0 GPA, two classes away from obtaining his Associates degree. He made the 2018 Bakersfield College Dean's list and was accepted into Project Rebound at Sacramento State University so he can continue his education upon re-entry. He is actively involved in many positive programs and is Chairman of the Men's Advisory Council. Sean is an Inside Organizer for Initiate Justice and he is an advocate with Anti-Recidivism Coalition. He tutors and mentors other inmates and was recommended for resentencing by California Department of Corrections in 2019. He has hundreds of letters of recommendation from officers, college professors, prison staff, advocacy groups, and family. He has remained disciplinary free for 17 years and he had no priors.

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How it will be delivered

We will mail it to Governor Newsom to include in his commutation packet and ask for his immediate release to be safe from COVID19!


Reasons for signing

  • Sean has a compelling story demanding immediate release from prison. Why does it take three years (and counting) to act on a court ruling that he is factually innocent?!
  • A 16 year old child shouldn't be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
  • All deserve forgiveness and an opportunity for another chance!


2020-03-24 13:59:01 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-03-21 15:02:50 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-03-20 20:04:25 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-03-20 14:21:13 -0400

10 signatures reached