Another Barhoma Law, P.C. Client is spared from his sentence, when Governor Newsom granted his Application for Commutation of Sentence. His family and friends were elated to hear that the Barhoma Law, P.C. client was sparred from his Life Without the Possibility of Parole sentence. Barhoma Law, P.C. represented the client through the Clemency process, where we advocated for his rights before the Parole Board and the Supreme Court of California.
In granting the Application for Commutation of Sentence, Governor Newsom indicated the following about Barhoma Law, P.C.’s client:
In 1986, Jose Garcia and his crime partners kidnapped two victims who owed them money, held them for ransom, and beat them. On April 26, 1988, the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, sentenced Mr. Garcia to life without the possibility of parole for kidnapping for ransom, five years for kidnapping, plus four years of sentence enhancements.
Mr. Garcia was 33 years old at the time of the crime and is now 69. He has been incarcerated for 35 years. Mr. Garcia has expressed sincere remorse for his actions.
While serving a sentence with no hope of release, Mr. Garcia has devoted himself to his self-improvement. Mr. Garcia has maintained an exemplary disciplinary record. He has engaged in self-help programming and extensive educational coursework. He has been commended by correctional staff for his positive attitude.
Mr. Garcia’s commutation application was reviewed by the Board of Parole Hearings, which voted at an en bane meeting to recommend a clemency grant. The California Supreme Court also made a recommendation for a clemency grant, a process required by the California Constitution for clemency applicants who have been convicted of more than one felony.
Mr. Garcia committed a serious crime. Since then, Mr. Garcia has demonstrated a commitment to his self-improvement and rehabilitation. I have carefully considered and weighed the evidence of Mr. Garcia’s positiveconduct in prison and his good prospects for successful community reentry. I have concluded that Mr. Garcia merits the opportunity to appear before the Board of Parole Hearings so it can determine whether he is suitable for parole.
This act of clemency for Mr. Garcia does not minimize or forgive his conduct or the harm it caused. It does recognize the work he has done since to transform himself.
Barhoma Law, P.C. is proud of this finding, as the client may have lived the rest of their life incarcerated. Clemency and Pardons are among a Governor’s most powerful capabilities. Governors may commute and pardon State offenses; whereas the President of the United States may equally do so for Federal offenses.
Consult with a the Leading Application for Commutation of Sentence Lawyer About Your Clemency/Pardon Application
If you or a loved one are currently serving a lengthy prison sentence and seeking review of your case, contact Barhoma Law, P.C. for immediate assistance. Barhoma Law, P.C. has successfully secured the release of multiple clients in recent years through various mechanisms under California law. To learn more, and to schedule a free case evaluation, contact Barhoma Law, P.C. at 213-800-7664 today. You can also connect with us through our online contact form.