InnocentAppeal. Eric Woodyard started this petition to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and 8 others
While 2020 was tough on America, it was particularly tough on Horace Peterson. For 48 years, Peterson has been wrongly incarcerated after being convicted of felony first-degree murder for a crime he didn’t commit.
In 1973, a judge sentenced Peterson to life without parole.
He robbed a record store in Flint, Michigan. However, during the robbery, his accomplice shot and killed the clerk without him knowing what was going to happen or with him being in the same room of the shooting. He had no idea what was about to happen and his accomplice has recently admitted that to the family.
Seven years later, the Michigan Supreme Court reinterpreted the law, ruling prosecutors needed to prove “malice” for felony murder convictions. But that ruling wasn’t retroactive.
Peterson’s family argues that he has been locked up too long. He is now in his late 60s with a daughter, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He also has six siblings, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, who consider him a missing link to the family. They are fighting for his life.
Also, in late 2020, he beat COVID-19 and overcame a stroke in addition to losing both parents, David and Ollie V. Peterson, a month apart.
It was heartbreaking and he’s ready to come home. If Peterson is released, he will come home to employment, speaking engagements and can use his story as a cautionary tale to save the lives of young men and women. He has been an inspiration to many while mentoring numerous prisoners over the years.
Please support us as we are fighting to free Mr. Horace Peterson!