Second Chance in Life
Organized by: demarcus mclemore
My name is Demarcus McLemore. I am a 33 year old man fighting for my life against a system that was designed to never let go once the gates closed .Here is my story, in Dec. 1998 I was 16 and partying, I had a fight with my girlfriend and from that point things just seemed to spiral out of control, I ended up fighting with a man over a gun. In his possession the gun went off in my direction and I realized I wasn't hit so we began to fight even harder this time to get the gun out of his hand, it went off again and as a result he died. I was charged with first degree murder but a year later in Nov 1999 I was sentenced to 50 years for second degree murder. Over the past 17 years I've filed numerous appeals and the judge has denied them all. The laws have changed over time, so in 2012 I went back to be resentenced under the new laws and it was the same judge who sentenced me so I ended up with the same 50 years I started with. the 50 yea sentence comes with 70% mandatory which means I have to serve 35 years before I can see the parole board. On my appeal my lawyer failed to stand on my key issues and tried to do her own thing costing me my appeal. I don't believe I will get a fair chance in court if I don't have a decent lawyer who doesn't work for the state. I am no longer that uncontrollable child I once was. I am a respectful, married man with a family and 2 grandchildren on the way.The man I am today is a far better person who values life and those who I love. I don't believe that my actions as a child should condemn me to be looked upon by society as unworthy of being saved.