Drop Unlawful Post Release
Hon. Eduardo Padro New York County Criminal Court 110 Centre Street New York, NY 10007 - We the family and friends of Louis Medina ask you to please drop the five years post release imposed by DOCS. Louis inmate# 02A0420 was sentenced to 13 years flat by his trial judge Hon. Michael Corriero. - In 2001 Louis Medina, then a sixteen year old with no prior criminal record; along with two other young males pulled a joke on someone that went tragically wrong. Louis being the only one in the case judged as an adult received the harshest sentence out of the three convicted. At the time, the option to go to trial was available and Louis was willing to take the chance but out of love and concern the family was not. In exchange for not going to trial Louis' lawyer struck up a deal with the DA for 13 years flat. Louis was not interested in the deal but the family and his lawyer begged him to take the plea. Louis being the obedient son and mindful brother accepted the plea and agreed to do the 11 years in jail and 2 years on parole. - 1st Co-defendant received 3-5 years - 2nd Co-defendants received 6 - Life - The following is documented in the affidavit C.P.L. 440.20 pg3 point 8. "At absolutely no time during these proceedings, either on or before the record, was the defendant advised or informed of the fact that he would be subjected to a period of post-release supervision. In as much as absolutely no one had mentioned the existence of Penal Law 70.45 and it's requirements, defendant had no way of knowing it's existence at the time of the plea". - Hon. Michael Corriero said at sentencing that he was aware that Louis was a good kid that committed the mistake of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The Hon. Michael Corriero provided information to Louis while in jail on the necessary documents needed to fight this imposed time. -Louis is a Pastors son and was an active youth in the congregation prior to his incarceration. - Louis has already served eight to nine years of his sentence. He's been enrolled in school and has a plumbing assistant’s certificate. Louis was also a teacher’s assistant and has completed various violence programs. At Governor, he currently works in commissary where he interacts with the civilian public. The remorse and consequence of his actions are always with him and he often tells me that he wishes he could invent a time machine. - Throughout his incarceration the family has suffered many losses. The death of my beloved grandmother at the age of 81. Her only regret was that she was to ill to visit him when he turned 21 in Coxsackie NY. The passing of my loving brother in law in Iraq Sgt. Jose M Velez. He left behind a seven year old daughter, Louis’s niece and a 13 year old son. It has been difficult to be separated from Louis for so long especially when he was to be the man of the house. The last instructions my father gave him at 13 before entering a coma and passing on. - There is a loving and supportive community waiting for Louis. Ranging from artist, pastors, community workers and in progress programs. We are all eager to assist Louis in his journey to making a positive contribution to society. He has spoken to me about his interest in using his personal experience to help younger males in high schools not make the same mistakes. He strongly knows the jail system is no place to become a man at. - We do ask that your honor use his discretion and please drop the five years post-release imposed by DOCS or include the 5 years post-release into his original sentence of 13 years flat.