With now an army of supporters behind him pushing for a commuted sentence — including Michigan’s attorney general — Thompson’s family hopes he could be a free man sooner than that. It will give him the chance to spend time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren he’s never met, his daughter says.
But Thompson was transferred to a medical facility after testing positive for coronavirus earlier this month and suffers from diabetes and other health conditions that his daughter fears could take away her father’s chance to return home.
“I don’t want it to be a call that comes through and they say it was too late,” Rashawnda Littles said. “Covid don’t have a grace period.”
“This case represents everything that’s wrong with our criminal justice system. We have a Black American who has been sentenced to an absolutely ridiculous sentence, a disproportionate sentence,” said Joseph Patituce, a managing partner of the firm representing Thompson.
“Today, his sentence is a sentence that’s reserved for the worst of the worst.”
‘We don’t see sentences like that typically any more’
The sentence Thompson is serving stems from a marijuana sale, according to the clemency petition provided to CNN by Thompson’s attorneys.
Thompson sold about three pounds of marijuana to a police informant and when authorities searched his home, they found 14 weapons, according to the petition. Nine of the weapons, which included antiques, were inside a locked gun safe and Thompson’s wife testified at trial that most of the guns were hers, the petition states.
Because of his previous felony drug convictions, the judge handed Thompson up to 15 years for each of the three drug charges and a staggering 42 to 60 years for firearm possession charges.
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