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April 7, 2020

Today, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker granted clemency for our client and commuted his sentence. He’s going home!

Our client was just 14 years old when he was charged as an adult for a gun-sale-gone-bad involving his adult cousin and a man who was attempting to purchase an illegal firearm. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

13 years later, on April 7, 2020, Gov. Pritzker commuted our client’s sentence, releasing him 12 years early from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The Law Firm of Tamara N. Holder, LLC petitioned Gov. Pritzker for their client’s early release just last year. Literally, in April of 2019, we presented our case to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. While in prison, our client became involved in rehabilitation organizations, he became an accomplished artist, and he took advantage of every educational opportunity available, albeit the opportunities were slim.

Helping this young get his freedom back is one of Tamara’s proudest moments of her 15-year career as an equal rights and pardon attorney.

We wish our client the very best. While he was incarcerated, he became an incredible artist and motivational speaker. We know he’s going to have a great life as a free man. We look forward to filing another petition for a complete pardon – total forgiveness – one day down the road.

Thank you to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board and its staff, as well as to Gov. Pritzker, his legal team and staff.


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