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To: Gavin Newsom
FREE Sean O'Brien
Commute the sentence of Sean O'Brien, wrongfully convicted in adult court at age 16 for a crime with which he had nothing to do. He was sentenced in 2004 to Life Without Parole with NO physical evidence. Please bring him home!
Why is this important?
Sean has spent 17 long years in prison; that's over half his life! He was taken from his family at age 16 and forced to grow up behind bars. In 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Sean's favor based on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, stating that his evidence makes it impossible for him to have been at the crime for which he was convicted. 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 college student with a 4.0 GPA. He is actively involved in many positive programs and is Chairman of the Men's Advisory Council. He tutors and mentors other inmates and has been recommended for resentencing by CDCR. He has dozens 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.
How it will be delivered
We will mail it to Governor Newsom to include in his commutation packet.