(INSERT DATE HERE)
Robert Zauzmer, Pardon Attorney
145 N Street NE, Room 5E 508
Washington, DC 20530
Dear Mr. Zauzmer,
I am writing to ask that you grant clemency to federal prisoner Michael Pelletier (#11109-036). Michael is a paraplegic since the age of 11, who is sentenced to Life Without Parole for a nonviolent marijuana conspiracy offense. He has been incarcerated since 2004. Despite the fact that many states have legalized marijuana for medical use, this wheelchair bound man who truly needed and benefitted from this medicine is sentenced to die in prison for a conspiracy to import the very substance that he says saved his life.
Despite his handicapped Michael Pelletier has always maintained an optimistic outlook and sought to better himself, even from the confines of prison. Before incarceration he became a certified Bulova watchmaker. In prison he has taken up oil painting and proven to be a talented artist. He is also learning to play guitar.
Michael has an extended family of brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews who love and miss him. His elderly father’s greatest wish is to see his son free, and his brother has arranged for a home and a job to be waiting for him upon release.
Michael’s handicap is the is cause of many other health conditions which are not properly treated in prison. He is now 60 years old and these conditions will likely only worsen with age. When a person is a wheelchair in prison, they are truly confined. They can’t work in the kitchen, on the outside crew, in the maintenance department, etc. They can’t play basketball, baseball, handball, or any sport. In Michael’s own words, “Having a life sentence is a feeling of dying every day. It’s worse than death that happens one time. It’s a living death.”
Aside from Michael, everyone else involved in his case has long been released. Please show Michael Pelletier compassion and allow to him to return home to the family who loves him.
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