2nd Chance At Life

Christopher's Story


His name is Christopher Adam Charles Emmanuel, and he was always a happy go lucky person; a brilliant adolescent and straight A student. However, at the age of 18; an age where one should never be considered an adult, Christopher became caught up with the wrong crowd, and, with a group of those friends, got into a heated disagreement with some peers.  During this disagreement a firearm was discharged, and the bullet ended up piercing the hand of a grandmother and fatally wounding the 3 year old grandchild that she was holding.

A jury trial was held, and it was determined that the fatal shot came from a hand gun used by someone in the group, and that Christopher was not the gunmen.  Cleared of all murder charges, Christopher was then convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and sentenced to 40 years in Prison. Yes, you heard me correctly, 40 years!

Christopher was convicted in CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA.  Christopher was only 18 at the time of the incident, which means that he will be imprisoned until the age of 58; his earliest date for parole being 2031, when he will be 46.

The Mother/Daughter of the victims was present at the sentencing trial, and she herself said that she felt that Christopher had been sentenced too harshly.  The actual gunman/shooter was released after taking a plea for cooperating with the police.  This case was a huge injustice to all involved, including the victims.

We agree with the Mother/Daughter of the victims; this sentencing was too harsh.  Where is the chance for retribution?  Where is the chance to show that Christopher has grown or learned from his mistake?  Where is Christopher’s 2nd chance?  Everyone makes mistakes at some point in their lives, yet to take away his entire life for aggravated assault; when he wasn’t even the gunmen?

Christopher resides in the state of Georgia at Calhoun State Prison.  He is getting ready to have his 32th birthday and his 13 year anniversary of being in prison; since being sentenced.  He has been striving to improve himself; acquiring an associates degree from Ashworth College.  He is striving, daily, to overcome every obstacle and maintain a positive outlook; being hopeful that all is not lost

We are asking that you seek to learn more about this young man, and help to get his sentencing reduced; to give him another chance to make a positive difference with his life.  A 2nd chance, as an adult to show the world that individuals under the age of 21 should be considered for other alternatives other than harsh penalties of extreme sentences.


Please help Christopher, and others like Christopher; who were sentenced too harshly, in the state of Georgia.  Help give Christopher a 2nd chance, and please help to change sentencing laws, so that the maximum sentences doesn’t outweigh the crime.  We're sure that if Christopher is given a second chance to live freely, he will never take it for granted again.  It is very scary to think of how much control and power the decisions of others can have over a person’s life.  Are our lives truly our own?  Because anything and everything we possess can be taken away, in the blink of an eye, and there’s nothing we can do or say about it.

We look to you as the voice of the people…Can you help?... Will you help us?  Please sign our petition to support us @ www.Change.org

We look forward to a your response, and we thank you for your time!

2nd Chance At Life Staff 


Below, please find cases that are similar to Christopher’s, from the same county, yet the individuals received lighter sentencing. These cases come directly from Statistics State Of Georgia
 
State v. Stovall, Aggravated assault and aggravated battery, in August 2010. Sentenced to serve a total of 12 years with 4 years to be served in prison and the balance to be served on probation. Parole date January 27, 2012
 
State v. Willingham, Aggravated Assault with a firearm. Sentenced to serve five years in prison, fifteen on probation. Incarcerated August 2010, Tentative Parole Month: April 2013
 
State v. Davis, Participation in criminal street gang and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. Sentenced to serve five years in prison, ten on probation. Incarcerated October 28, 2010. Tentative Parole Month: December 2013.
 
 
Now that you have viewed the above cases, do you see the inconsistencies that we see? How is it that all of these Georgia cases happened after Christopher’s, yet all of individuals involved received a sentence of lighter time, and were paroled and are already out of prison!  Not to forget that the actual shooter, in Christopher’s case, has already been released from prison, yet Christopher still has 27 years to serve.

Why is it that these cases received 12 years or 5 years, while Christopher received 40? All of these cases happened in the same state, and all are charges of aggravated assault, yet the sentencing varies so vastly. Christopher was sentenced to harshly. “An unjust law is no law at all”

Note:  You can make your concerns heard by writing to:


Attorney General Sam Olens:  AGOlens@law.ga.gov  (404) 656-3300


Governor Nathan Deal: https://gov.georgia.gov/webform/contact-governor-domestic-form
 
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle: 240 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-5030


Congressman David Scott Clayton county zip code 30238-3449 The Honorable David Scott 225 CHOB House Office Building Washington, DC 20515


Congressman John Lewis the Equitable Building 100 Peachtree St., N.W. # 1920 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: (404) 659-0116


State representative Mike Glanton: Mike Glanton P O Box 216 Jonesboro, GA 30236 678-479-7730

mikeglanton@mikeglanton.com


State representative Keisha Waites:  509-E Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334  404.656.0220 – Office  P.O. 3249 Atlanta, GA 30302 Keisha.waites@house.ga.gov


Antonio Lewis https://www.facebook.com/AntonioLewisGA
 
Charles Davis 1624 Envoy Place, Riverdale GA 404-358-4373


State representative Valencia Stovall 611-C Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 404.656.0314 – Office District Address P.O. Box 842 Ellenwood, GA 30294 valencia.stovall@house.ga.gov


State representative Yasmin Neal District Address 7393 Tara Road Jonesboro, GA 30236 yasmin.neal@house.ga.gov


State representative Darryl Jordan District Address 316 Herring Way Riverdale, GA 30274 Darryl.Jordan@house.ga.gov


State representative Kevin Thomas 7233 Maple St, Jonesboro, GA 30236 678-270-8276
State representative Valencia Seay


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ABCNews.com


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JONESBORO DISTRICT OFFICE
173 North Main Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
 
SMYRNA DISTRICT OFFICE
888 Concord Road, Suite 100 
Smyrna, GA 30080
 
Clayton county chamber of commerce
2270 Mt Zion Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30236


BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Clayton County Administration, Annex 1
112 Smith Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
CLERK, MAGISTRATE COURT
 
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard,
Jonesboro, GA 30236
PROBATE COURT
 
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121 South McDonough Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236