I saw a case on American Justice about this teen, Billy Crowder who shot and killed his grandfather, Thurman Martin because he beat him, slapped, punched and kicked him and his little sister on a daily basis. He didn’t have to do anything much and it would warrant the most unheard of abuses. One day he couldn’t take it any more and had to do something about it. I don’t think he did the right thing but I can understand why he did what he did. The full story can be read at Billy Crowder’s website. It’s quite easy to say he could have run away or done this or that but when you are living in an abusive situation like he was you don’t know how you’ll react or what you’ll do.
At the trial, the jury was appalled at the way this kid was treated and lowered the charge to voluntary manslaughter. Billy got sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his grandfather. I don’t know what was wrong with this Georgia Judge Robert L. Russell III but he decided to give the boy life in prison for stealing $600 from his grandfather (which he admitted he used to pay household bills with). The grandfather would have used the money for this anyway since he took care of household bills. That’s really ridiculous. This judge is sending the message that the $600 was more of loss to the world than this mans life.
Billy was a first time offender and known overall as a good kid around town. Billy comes up for parole in about 2 years when he’s 34 years old.Â I believe that Billy can live a happy and productive life once he is freed from prison. He’s already paid his debt to society for killing his grandfather and should be let go. Hearing Billy’s story moved me to write a letter to the parole board on his behalf. I don’t know Billy personally but I feel like he got a raw deal. Maybe me writing this post can help him or atleast spread awareness.
If you want to do the same, please write to the parole board on Billy’s behalf and mention that you would like your letter to go in Billy’s file.Â This will ensure that it becomes part of the documents the Board is given when his case is up for review.Â Billy’s full name and Georgia Department of Corrections number should also be included in the letter - Billy Crowder GDC Number 977024.
State Board of Pardons and Paroles
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 458, Balcony Level, East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-4909
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