Justice for Innocent Teen

A Detroit hit man in prison for eight murders said he's willing to publicly take responsibility for four more to help clear a young man who claims he's innocent of the slayings and confessed at age 14 only to satisfy police. Vincent Smothers' testimony would be the most crucial evidence yet to try to persuade a judge to throw out Davontae Sanford's guilty plea and free him from a nearly 40-year prison sentence. In an interview with The Associated Press, Smothers declared: "He's not guilty. He didn't do it." Smothers said he never used a 14-year-old accomplice — blind in one eye and learning disabled — to carry out his paid hits, mostly victims tied to Detroit's drug trade. Ironically, there's no dispute that Smothers confessed to the so-called Runyon Street slayings when he was captured in 2008, but prosecutors have never charged him and never explained why. "I understand what prison life is like; it's miserable. To be here and be innocent — I don't know what it's like," Smothers said of Sanford, who is now 19. "He's a kid, and I hate for him to do the kind of time they're giving him." Given this ground breaking news we seek the immediate release of Davontae Sanford. Help us to end this gross miscarriage of justice, sign, share and be counted...No Justice No Peace!

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  • Caleb Granger Why is it so hard for some sense of fairness to be achieved in this justice system? How many lives have to be destroyed before it is realized that mass incarceration doesn't work? Or is it a matter of which lives are incarcerated before those in power start giving a damn?

  • Diane Cunningham Free My Great Nephew Davontae Sanford

  • J. Perry This young man is black, not white. He is most likely not rich. And, he probably had no legal representation - and coerce into admitting guilt to a crime he did not commit. FREE DAVONTAE SANFORD.

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    2 months ago Comments: Why is it so hard for some sense of fairness to be achieved in this justice system? How many lives have to be destroyed before it is realized that mass incarceration doesn't work? Or is it a matter of which lives are incarcerated before those in power start giving a damn?
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    7 months ago Comments: Free My Great Nephew Davontae Sanford
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