- President Barack Obana
- United States of America
Mr. Weldon Angelos has the unique distinction of being sentenced to 55 years as a first time, non-violent offender. He was convicted of selling marijuana and having guns present.
The sentencing judge, Judge Cassell, stated that he regretted having to send Weldon Angelos to prison for 55 and said it was cruel, unusual and irrational.
He also cited other known cases where the sentencing had been far less for much worse crimes, such as:
• 24 years: airplane hijacker
• 19 years: bomb-detonating terrorist,
• 13 years: beating someone to death in a fight
• 15 years: three-time child rapist
• 11 years: raping a 10-year-old child.
Ben Valdez Jr.
Chairman, Free Weldon Angelos
To The Honorable Mr. Barak Obama
President of the United States of America
Dear Mr. President,
In 2004, in Utah, Mr. Weldon Angelos was sentenced to 55 years for selling marijuana to a confidential informant and having guns in his car, home and on his person. The sentencing Judge felt that the sentence was, excessive, cruel, unusual and unconstitutional (especially for a first time non-violent offender), but he had no choice because of federal mandatory minimum laws. Judge Cassell, along with 9 other judges, agree the sentence should be commuted to 6½ to 8 years. In addition, this will save the taxpayers over a million dollars in prison expenses.
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you exercise your Constitutional authority and commute Mr. Angelos' sentence to 8 years or less, including time served, as Judge Cassell said he was asking of President Bush.
The Free Weldon Angelos petition to President Barack Obana was written by Ben Valdez and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.