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Requesting that Marc Draper be granted a new trial or his sentence be commuted and considered for parole.
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Governor Tom Wolf PA Board of Pardons District Attorney Lawrence S. Krasner I am signing and sending you this letter requesting that Marc Draper be granted a new trial or that his sentence be commuted and that he be given consideration for parole. On February 21, 1986 Marc Draper plead guilty to second degree murder at the advice of a family friend and attorney, Ken Dixon, who volunteered to represent him. Vastly inexperienced with criminal cases of this type and being gravely ill from alcohol abuse and depression, he was easily manipulated and taken advantage of by an overzealous prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Andrea Foulkes. She went so far as to negotiate a plea agreement with him while he was lying in a hospital bed suffering from his illness. In exchange for Marc’s full cooperation, she made false promises that he would be illegible for parole in 10-15 years as a first time offender with no prior criminal history. In addition, she wrote a letter to the parole board on Marc’s behalf expressing his full cooperation and that she would not be opposed to his being considered for parole or his sentence being commuted. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Second degree murder imposes a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole. It wasn't until September of 2012 that new evidence was uncovered through the Terrance Williams stay of execution evidentiary hearing that revealed the prosecutorial misconduct of ADA Foulkes. During that hearing, Marc Draper provided the details of what really happened the day of the murder and that Amos Norwood knew Terrence Williams and that they were involved in an abusive homosexual relationship. He further detailed that Terrance erupted in a violent rage and started beating Mr. Norwood uncontrollably. But when the police and DA heard about the relationship between Williams and Norwood, they insisted that the motive was robbery and they suppressed the sexual abuse evidence by sanitizing witness statements and withholding information that could have revealed the real motive. The testimony that Marc provided was found to be credible by the judge and further corroborated by the interrogation notes detailed by the police and ADA Foulkes. When ADA Foulkes was asked by the judge about Marc Draper’s cooperation, “So what was the big benefit to Mr. Draper to testify against his friend from the third grade if he got basically nothing? Mrs. Foulkes: “Well, he got basically not much.” THE COURT: “He didn't get anything.” Mrs. Foulkes: “Really didn't.” THE COURT: “He got to say I'm pleading to second degree and I'm getting my life sentence and that's it.” It has been 34 plus years that Marc Draper has been incarcerated. During this time, he has demonstrated remorse, accepted his culpability, and focused on his rehabilitation. But for the Commonwealth’s fraudulent misrepresentations about the possibility of parole, he would have appealed his sentence on direct appeal or sought collateral review within the one year time limit. Therefore, on behalf of Marc Draper, I respectfully request that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vacate his conviction and grant him a new trial or commute his sentence and allow him to be considered for parole. Sincerely, [Your name]
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