Jesse had just turned 18 when he committed his crimes. Teens brains aren’t fully developed at this age and teens tend to lack impulse control and practice risky behavior
1) His guidelines called for 11-16 years, but he was sentenced to 32, double the high point.
2) He was sentenced to 20 years for the home invasion while his co-defendants only received 2 1/2, 4 and 8 years for the same crimes. They have long since been home.
3) Jesse is uniquely qualified to contribute to society with his life experience, prison experience, education, and desire. He would be paying taxes instead costing tax payer dollars while in prison. $30,000 per year of your tax dollars are spent each year to keep him in prison.
Instead of giving up on life when facing 32 years in prison, Jesse has excelled as a young man. See the Life in Prison tab for more information.
Jesse has been incarcerated for 16 years. He receives credit for good behavior but is still scheduled 12 more years.
He is appealing to the Governor for a conditional pardon for early release. He has served the 16 years recommended by the guidelines for his crimes.