A Man Who Was Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Stealing N3430 In 1982 Is Currently Seeking For Help.
News Rain Nigeria gathered that the Black-American was in that year prosecuted and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole by an Alabama judge on the grounds that he robbed someone of his $9 (which is N3430 in value at present).
His prosecution was said to be in line with Alabama’s habitual offender laws.
Man Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Stealing N3430 In 1982 Cries For Help
According to Black Enterprise reports, Simmons, a US army veteran, had a physical struggle and exchange with a young man and made way with his wallet containing the amount he was convicted for after pinning his victim to the ground.
Simmons, who became addicted to drugs while stationed outside of the US, robbed the man in an attempt to get what he described to reporters as “a quick fix.” He was caught by policemen who were around the environment of the robbery scene.
The Alabama man, who prior to his sentence had three convictions, told reporters that the trial that led to his sentence had no witnesses and surprisingly lasted only 25 minutes.
The prosecutors, in his narration, also didn’t offer him an opportunity to plea despite that his previous three convictions were non-violent, with all of his appeals in the past 38 years proving abortive.
Perhaps, hope may be on the horizon for the army man as an activist named Makehru Bradley recently started a campaign with a target of getting 4.5 million signatures to move the hands of Governor Kay Ivey to commute Simmons.
So far, the petition campaign on Change.org has garnered over 3 million signatures.