Pennsylvania Board of Pardons
Support the Commutation of Life sentence for Bobbie Brown in…
Marquia BHarrisburg, PA, United States
In Pennsylvania, Bobbie is seeking the commutation of his life sentence and your support toward him receiving a second chance.
At the time of the crime, Bobbie was seated in his vehicle, facing his passenger when a man approached from behind and began to rapidly strike him through an open window. Bobbie reached for his weapon in an effort to reduce the unforeseen yet active threat; he lost consciousness due to the rush of strikes to his face, to later regain consciousness and see a man laying on the ground. In a daze, Bobbie drove to safety, made contact with, and later turned himself into authorities, volunteering all evidence in support of a fair and thorough investigation. The evidence included a record of threatening voice messages from his assailant detailing his manhunt and nonstop search for Bobbie coupled with multiple first-hand witness testimonies of a series of attempts made by Bobbie such as engaging community leaders in efforts to amicably de-escalate tensions over the years. In 2007, Bobbie was sentenced to first degree murder and life imprisonment.
Since his conviction, there has been an increased awareness toward socioeconomic disadvantages within Black and Brown communities and unjust sentencing alongside a shift in orientation to what actually constitutes self-defense. For 15 years, Bobbie has upheld that his actions were of protection and solely the result of a reasonable expectation of immediate danger while taking accountability for the loss of life. Through the appellate process, the courts have shown favor and acknowledged:
- The trial lawyer’s admission of inadequate defense
- The absence of an area within the trial proceedings encompassed to determine an understanding of the full impact and consequences of a plea
- An error in jury instruction used to orient jurors to the trial and assist the jury in hearing the case for proper evaluation
In addition to the numerous already received letters from community members attesting to Bobbie’s good character, high regard for responsibility and his rehabilitation, we ask for your signature in this petition; enlisting your support for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to grant the commutation of Bobbie’s life sentence to a sentence of life on parole and opportunity for a successful reintegration into society