Saturday, 15 October 2011

Davontae Sanford - Keeping Hope Alive

Free Davontae Sanford!': "DETROIT ( - Davontae Sanford is now 18. He has spent the last four years of his short life in adult prisons, convicted of murdering four people on Runyon Street on Detroit's east side on Sept. 15, 2007, when he was 14. He is 5'6, slightly-built, blind in one eye, and developmentally disabled.

Shortly after Davontae was sentenced to 37 to 90 years in prison in 2008, Vincent Smothers, now 28, of Shelby Township, confessed to the Detroit police on videotape that he and a different man committed the murders as part of a series of drug-related hits."

Highly placed members of the police department have testified they believe Davontae is innocent, including a former chief of homicide who says Davontae was with him at the time of the murders.

Davontae Sanford at 14.
"Davontae's a warm, loving person who the kids always said was my favorite," said his mother Taminko Sanford. "He was born on Thanksgiving Day, and I always felt he was my gift from God."

Davontae is her first son, the second oldest of five children, and she along with his stepfather and siblings have waged a relentless campaign since his arrest to free him, garnering broad-ranging support.

"Davontae was about to start the ninth grade at Osborn High School the day after his arrest," Ms. Sanford said. "He loves rap and computers. He is so close to his brother and his three sisters. His brother has all Davontae's letters from prison pasted up all over his bedroom walls, and his little sister has all his childhood photos on hers."


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