Jamaican man convicted of murder asks New York governor for executive pardon

While President Donald Trump and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency have been making America a safer place by cracking down on illegal immigration, some Democrats in power have been doing whatever they can to stand in the way. One such Democrat is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

A Jamaican national who was convicted of murder has decided to ask Governor Cuomo to grant him an unconditional executive pardon, hoping to avoid being deported back to Jamaica.

Cuomo pardoned 22 illegal immigrants who faced deportation because of their convictions in December of 2018, and so it would not be surprising if he did it again.

“Dear Governor Cuomo,”

46-year-old Colin Absolam from Jamaica made his plea to Cuomo in a letter that he gave to the Marshall Project. He began by detailing his crime.

“On June 23, 1992—two months before my first child was born—an older, bigger dealer ordered me to stop selling in the same building as him,” Absolam wrote. “When I ignored him, he smacked me in the face. I left the area, but later when I came back to see my girlfriend, I encountered him again.”

“He assaulted me and blocked my exit,” Absolam continued. “That’s when I went and got a gun a friend was holding for me and fatally shot him.”

In short, a dispute between two drug dealers ended with Absolam committing murder. Yet, according to Absolam, he thought of himself as the victim, which caused him to turn down a plea deal that would have significantly shortened his sentence.

“Thinking I was the victim,” he wrote, “I turned down a 7 1⁄2-to-14-year plea deal and opted for a trial. I spent three years on Rikers Island awaiting trial and one out on bail. Finally, at age 24, I was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25-to-life.”

Reformed

After putting in 25 years behind bars, Absolam was paroled in June. Now, being a Jamaican national, he is being held by the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Buffalo, New York, to be deported to his home country.

Accordingly, he has filed an application for Cuomo to pardon him so that he can remain in America.

“I know some people think I deserve to be sent back to Jamaica because of what I did,” Absolam wrote. “But during the 25 years I was incarcerated, I took responsibility for what I did. I helped other individuals, got educated and gave back to the community that I harmed and left behind. A lot of time and energy has been invested in me becoming the person I am today. Deporting me to a foreign land will be like extracting a valuable asset out of this society only to throw it away.”

Now, Cuomo will decide whether or not to keep Absolam, a convicted killer in the country. Absolam should like his chances because, as Breitbart reports, “Cuomo has a history of pardoning foreign nationals convicted of felonies so they can remain living in the U.S. rather than being deported to their native countries.” The outlet, as an example, cited December 2017 and July 2018 when Cuomo pardoned 18 illegal aliens and seven illegal aliens, respectively.

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