Shortly after his 18th birthday, Jesse Crosson along with three others, committed a home invasion robbery. Seven days later, in an unrelated event, Jesse had an altercation with two men who followed him when he tried to leave. As they chased him, Jesse shot at and hit them. He was charged with robbery, abduction, unlawful wounding and related charges.
The sentencing guidelines, established by the Virginia Sentencing Commission to promote fair and equal sentencing, called for 11-16 years for his convictions. Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Paul M. Peatross Jr. abandoned the sentencing guidelines calculated for Jesse’s crimes and sentenced him to twice the maximum suggested sentence, 32 years.
Jesse has been in prison for almost 18 years. He receives credit for good behavior, and his projected release date is October 2030.
Jesse is appealing to the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, for a conditional pardon for early release. Jesse has served more than the sixteen years called for by the high point of his guidelines. While serving his time, Jesse has earned a bachelor’s degree in Existential Psychology. Jesse is also an active member of AA groups and leads programs and classes for inmates in a mental health treatment pod.