One young man is dead, the result of a tragic but obviously unintentional and spontaneous backyard fight among teenagers. Another young man – an admitted one-time drug dealer – walks free after being the prosecution’s star witness.
Four other young men are in prison. One of them is guilty of manslaughter, not murder. Yet all four remain in prison. One of them, Jason, admits that he alone used a pocketknife to protect his younger brother, but is unwavering in his truth that there was never any thought or intent to steal anything or kill anyone.
Admittedly, because a young man lost his life, much can be (and has been) said on both sides of this tragic story. Perhaps words like “tragedy” should center around and end with thoughts about the loss of a young man’s life.
But the fact is that the tragedy doesn’t end there. Yes, there are parents who will never see their son again, and for that, all of us involved in these circumstances are eternally remorseful. But what of four young men, none of whom had been tried or convicted of a crime in their young lives, who have spent 18 years behind bars waiting for justice and have many more to face….maybe till their death….if justice never comes. Isn’t this also tragic? Of course it is. What of four sets of parents, grandparents, and other relatives who must daily live with thoughts that a childish backyard fight dooms them too, to a life of seeing their sons or grandsons through glass enclosures or prison bars forever? Is this not a tragedy? Without question, it is.
How do we deal with it?
The originators of this website are admittedly biased. We believe strongly that the Felony Murder Law was misapplied to this case. We are taking every means to have the case reviewed by every court possible. In the meantime, as the mother of Jason and Micah Holland, I will continue to do everything possible to keep their spirits up and to keep the seeds of hope growing in their lives. What they did was wrong. I know that. They know that. But what they did does not deserve the punishment they’re getting.
What you can do
1. Sign the petition to California’s Governor asking for commutation of all 4 sentences.
Help us in supporting the idea of freedom for Jason, Micah, Brandon and Tony. He knows about this case and he should do more to right this wrong.
2. Email or write the Governor your own personal letter:
Governor Jerry Brown
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 558-3160 (fax)
3. Donate to their cause by purchasing a tee-shirt or a piece of artwork.
Thank You for daring to care.