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George Martorano, the Longest-Serving First-Time Non-Violent Offender in US Fed Prisons is FREEBonnie King Salem-News.com Cannabis De-Classified
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(SALEM, Ore.) - FREE AT LAST! George Martorano, the longest-serving first-time non-violent offender in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, HAS BEEN RELEASED. After 32 years, nearly an entire “life without parole” for marijuana trafficking.... he is HOME.
In 1982, George Martorano was caught with a truck of marijuana. In 1984, on the advice of his attorney Robert Simone, Martorano pled guilty to 19 counts of drug possession and distribution.
The prosecution had recommended a sentence of from 40 to 54 months, but Martorano was subsequently advised by both the prosecution and the judge, John Berne Hannum, that this plea could result in a sentence of LIFE without the possibility of parole.
On September 20, 1984, Martorano was indeed sentenced to LIFE in prison without the possibility of parole, the longest prison term ever imposed on a first-time non-violent offender in American history.
So why was such a harsh sentence handed to George Martorano?
According to the freegeorge.us, the common belief is that in the prosecution’s effort to send a message to George’s father, Raymond “Long John” Martorano, an alleged mafia figure. He was given the maximum sentence allowed by law; life with no parole.
Because he remained silent, they “locked him up and threw away the key,” put him in solitary confinement for four and one half years, and kept him in America’s most notorious prison: Marion, which is completely underground. Marion replaced Alcatraz when the U.S. Government closed it in 1962.
Then George began to write. He wrote and published a book about growing up in the old Italian-American neighborhood in Philadelphia, “South Philly", and continued to write.
He now has 31 works depicting life in prison as well as life on the outside. He teaches reading and writing, yoga, and even counsels suicidal inmates.
According to the WeBelieve Group, George could be “the poster boy” for the fight against Mandatory Minimum sentencing.
Martorano has distinguished himself during his decades. In addition to being a "model" prisoner, Martorano:
Martorano had a spotless prison record without an incident of violence in all of his twenty-plus years in America’s toughest jails.
He appealed the sentence tirelessly (with over 35 appeals). Finally....it is OVER.
Sources: freegeorge.us, stormyloveministries, webelievegroup, wikipedia, Free George Martorano Justice Campaign facebook
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