The pro-crime lobby is aggressively pushing coronavirus jailbreaks. Here’s their latest martyr.
DETROIT (AP) – A Michigan prisoner who declined to be paroled earlier this year after decades behind bars has died from COVID-19 complications, officials said.
William Garrison is one of 17 Michigan prisoners who have died from COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, the Corrections Department said.
Garrison, 60, could have left prison on parole weeks ago. But he decided to wait until September, when he would be eligible for a complete release without the rigors of parole supervision, the Associated Press reported Saturday.
After nearly 44 years in prison, “he was trying to get free,” said sister Yolanda Peterson.
Garrison was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man during a 1976 robbery when Garrison was 16 years old. His sentence was reduced to 40 years in January as a result of U.S. Supreme Court decisions making juvenile lifers eligible for release.
“He was a zealous advocate for himself and for other incarcerated persons. He often helped other individuals with their legal matters,” said attorney Becky Hahn, who helped Garrison get the reduced sentence.
Is the AP leaving anything out about Garrison’s crime?
Hahn said the 1976 shooting was an armed robbery gone wrong. Garrison and two others, ages 17 and 18, entered a home in Detroit. When the 50-year-old man they intended to rob emerged from a bathroom with a gun, Garrison fatally shot him, Hahn said. She said Garrison shot two other people, who survived, while his co-defendants ransacked the home. Garrison’s co-defendants were prosecuted on lesser charges.
That’s not a “armed robbery gone wrong”.
It’s a homeowner being murdered by the thug who broke into his house, who then shot two other people, presumably not armed.
Garrison should have always gotten the death penalty. The tragedy is not that he died in custody. It’s that the families of his victims, whom no one in the media seems interested in interviewing, had to wait endlessly for justice.