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Please help us free Matthew!
$252 raised
2% of $15k goal
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43 Weeks running

I'm Maria...Matthews childhood sweetheart, current girlfriend/bestfriend and future wife. Over 8 years ago Matthew made a split second decision that changed his life. He was barely 19 years old and just brand new to even being out in the world making his own decisions as an adult. He had never been in trouble before had just finished earning his GED while working over night at a local publix. He got in with the wrong person and ended up robbing someone on gunpoint, never hurt the other guy only scared him for a small amount of money. He did the crime and got the time. Very harshly for someone at his age and his lack of wisdom or knowledge as to what the consequences had in store for him. His Co defendant who provided the guns, organized the drug deal gone bad, provided the vehicle and drove them to and from the destination was charged with the same exact charge yet sentenced to only 2 years in prison and 4 years probation. Meanwhile Matthew was sentenced to 20 years in prison minimum mandatory. Meaning he gets ZERO privileges. No gain time. No possibility for early release. He's not even eligible for the few life betterment programs that are available to those without this kind of sentence. Matthew will be 39 years old when he is released if we dont take action now! This was a kid that was given no choice but to grow up in prison and who has learned from his mistakes and deserves a second chance. He's been in court a few times since his sentence with less than perfect counsel only to get no where . Forcing him to start filing motions on his own with insufficient knowledge also getting him no where. Now it has come to surface that he has been sentenced illegally due to a clerical error and the minimum mandatory can be removed from his sentence giving him a new sentence and reopening all of the previously exhausted options for him to motion for a sentence reduction.  Matthew can come home!!! We just need to take this last opportunity as serious as possible and pay for counsel that can get the job done. I dont have a goal at this point untill tomorrow but I will be keeping this updated and we just ask that anyone and any small donation will be a huge help and tremendously appreciated. 

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