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tv   Fault Lines 51 Years Behind Bars  Al Jazeera  June 10, 2022 6:30am-7:01am AST

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knoxville, tennessee. 3 young people were involved. amanda jo, good and almira nance were both 16. robert manning was 20. he gave almira gun and they both went into the radio shack armed amanda waited in the car manning later testified that he killed the manager with a shot to the head. even though i'm your nance didn't pull the trigger. he was convicted a felony, murder, and sentenced to him minimum as 51 years in prison. he's 43 years old. now. i've been here through my whole twenties, thirties. i haven't been outside of phil when i say count them. i got a going room. they locked the door thing, come out. i'm missing life. i'm missing the world. come, isn't it? oh,
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am near actually represent cell many people that or just they are in there held accountable for things that technically they did not in tennessee has the longest mandatory sentence in the united states for a teenager convicted a felony murder either 16 or 17 if they're carrying a gun and i know they're not supposed to have a gun and they're involved in a criminal act. they know that's wrong, and you can't afford to let his people, our fault lands travel to tennessee. as the state supreme court considers whether these 51 year sentences violate the constitution, it's unfair. it's like they're trapped there in some sort of nightmare that they can't get out to my daughter's grown. she's in a twenty's, i've been in prison her whole life. she's never known me outside of a visitation gallery. you don't want to give him a chance to like become
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a better person for his family. 51 years before parole is ridiculous. who is the point? i've been imprison more years than i've been freely was true. i wasn't old enough to bat cigarettes when i was only a few from the way for it. should he be punished? he's but 51 years. what kind of just system is that? ah ah. on january 18th, 1996, the day of the shooting. robert manning showed up to all mir's house and flashed a pistol. didn't get a dollar to help me go out of the way to get the money. i got to get a renewal. and what i remember most about robert manning is that he had no off sledge. that was always struck by the fact that he seemed to
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have been no conscience at all. he did not seem to have true one morsel regret for anything you did. and that made him an incredibly dangerous i don't. why are you mad? robert manning had a history of violence. he had shot and injured one of our mares friends earlier that day. i have a problem with her with me. ah, my son was afraid for his life. every right to be afraid. i know fairy a amanda was the other teenager in the car that day of the drug. she asked us not to show her face. do you have any memory of whether on the or wanted to come along to do this thing? i think it's the same as me. he had no idea it was gonna turn out the way that it
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did. mm. and i do know for a fact after that he did tell me or wait right here with her, come with me on me or sit in the car with her l meer. so you can kind of imagine maybe what the conversation was. well, me after the shooting the group rob to home nearby and tied up the couple. blocking them in the trunk of their car. a manning was full and the story from the get go. he decided that they would go to the radio shack as his mom, and that was always my sense about both those young people. is that for robert manning neither these kids or to have been in the situation. the subject being interviewed lee black male subject named almira nance almost
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a week after the suiting amir nance was arrested in the middle of the night and interrogated at this knox county sheriff's office building a 16 year old without a parent without my permission data, tony 8 and then opposite, kept me now all night long. subject to this interview will be the homicide or told police that man in till joseph friday knew sick. i was no like time trying to run out the door. and when i was like at the do up the door open and i heard a shot. amir says he repeatedly asked for a lawyer that night, but never got one. in last with me, they told me they were going to pop the lawyer, that with none of these a 16 ro kids been woken up at gunpoint with dogs cut off from his mother. and he still shows the presence of mind to invoke council. i want a lawyer,
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we reviewed the trial transcripts with chris erwin, a former public defender that and emani and fami, an activist in knoxville. yet, in court, the officer who, questioned altenor, testified that he didn't recall him asking to see an attorney and the officer lied when he was on the stand. under oath. did he in bo council? he said, no. no, he did not. he comes back with his notes and hands, he goes, oh, he did and opens right to counsel the officers own handwritten notes contradicted his testimony under oath, but the judge refused to throw out al me, your statements to police. what impact does not have on the rest of his teeth? when you have some 6 year old talking about his involvement, he would have said anything. the constitutionally, the statement obviously should have been suppressed. was obviously a coursed confession. i couldn't even explain to you. yeah. a sorry,
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i feel i expect it to happen. may i really? i know not about the last thing my mom. so be the end of this interview with al moon it initially, robert manning blamed the shooting anal mirror, but he later testified in court that he pulled the trigger. i'm you know, pushing yeah. oh yeah. it shows. yeah. robert manning was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. ah, while in prison, he stopped a man and set him on fire, killing him. she did not respond to any letters from fault lines, but amir was sentenced to a minimum of 51 years. that wasn't the case for the 3rd person involved in the robbery. amanda jo, good. she did how much time? and jill did 2 years, 40 years,
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10 years. she did one year she was incarcerated. what's the difference between her now? the person who has a darker skin color is going to get more time that has been proven. you had a white judge why prosecutor white defense attorney white cops, and then you have this flyer could the sitting there 16. what had happened and gets nailed. the color of his skin was not my concern and never was when he nickos was the district attorney at the time an oversight, the prosecution of i'm yours case. don't you see a double standard and the way that a 16 year old white girl gets a year. how do you explain that? well, i can explain it to, you know, in, in luck save. people wish to draw the conclusion that it was a racially motivated. they would be free to do that. the only thing i can say is that's just not the way it was. he got out of the automobile and went into the
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store. she did not a secondly, he had a hand gun at. she did not. we tried to base our decisions on the facts that we could prove in court. and i believe i did that in this case. do you think that a juvenile who doesn't actually kill anybody? should go into prison as a teenager and come out as a senior citizen, as you look at it in know some 30 years later her chance it was overly harsh. i wouldn't or you that. but i continued to be able to live with glad to see on this case right or wrong. so we're on our way to the old knox county court house to meet with a juror and ami our trial this year. in particular, it said that really wanted to talk to
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a she said that she'd been thinking about this case for 25 years and have been feeling guilty for 25 years. i don't feel like what we did was just best to search when the sentence was pronounced. we're again, i'm really naive. i. i thought the jury would have some input to the half. do you remember how you felt when you heard this 51 year minimum sentence? i was stoned, shot your life was taken in. that is a terrible tragedy. a great injustice to the victim, to his family, to all the people whose the ripples of his life would have gone out to 4 generations. but taking al mir's life when he just started in and wasn't even formed into who it is going to become. yeah . really,
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i felt horrified. now feel like i follow the instructions but wasn't just and i regret being a participant in that you're asked us not to use her name because she's concerned about possible backlash for sharing her feelings about amir sentence. it was like on the death blow, it was like over q lead, you know, it's just it's cruel and unusual. if you think about it, definitely. if you point black you on don't he was definitely in humane and it was no just no just served. no bad, he looked at him, lackey was nothing and they knew he didn't deserve it and they didn't care.
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they didn't care. oh, isn't there a call for an inmate that the tennessee department correction northwest correctional complex. hello. hey. i live in today's yes and definitely, and that is what i did with me when you were the one i have all the branch the center on it. that's not 1st time with engineers. with that, i haven't really seen them in a while and i'd love to just have a home even if it was just for a few hours, you know, this, let us go do something together. anything. what goes through your head when you think about the fact that your dad is serving a felony, murder sonnets, and didn't murder anybody?
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it just makes me like realized that the system does not always work the right way. they know that i didn't shoot this person is mendoza brown is like to say his name and i like to just say the person or the victim. i like to dignify the main body. me saying his name, but they know i didn't kill this person can be charged with felony murder if they take part in a crime in which someone is killed, even if they didn't cause the death. united states is one of only a few countries in the world with such a law, felony murdered doctrine in and of itself is a fiction because it transfers the intent of a felony which is not murder. and they shouldn't be treated like they intended to kill. because they did do a series of rulings over the past 20 years. the supreme court has concluded that
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juveniles convicted of murder should be sentenced differently than adults. nearly 12000 people in the u. s. are serving life sentences for crimes. they committed as a juvenile in juveniles are different because they are sort of uniquely susceptible to peer pressure from outside. they have a greater capacity for change and growth overtime. their brain does not fully develop until they're 2021 between 21 and 25. so we know a lot more about brain development, and if that juvenile is thinking like an adult, or if they're thinking like a child, you don't really understand things like at that age of 16, you don't think life as like, forever, you know, your normal things right? now to day and next week, since 1995, 236 juvenile offenders and tennessee have received 51 year minimum sentences. 72 percent of them are black compared to just 17 of the states population.
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ah, all of these factors, race, peer pressure, youthful decision making, and a difficult childhood, played a role in on your case. i grew up in a drug addicted home. my mother was on drugs. my father was absent. i spent a lot of time living with my grandmother, so i was really a kid. i had no big brothers. i had no father figures lawanda hang on without a gun and doing things that i shouldn't have been dornen. and i was easily manipulated. you know, you, blank staff and feel like you won that good enough mom, but i did the best i could do what i now i never want a job again in my life. it cost me too much. ah, keys hash me a little bit about your family. i can my mother's close by guys. we as he straightened up her life as he works, since he's got
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a nice place for when i talk to her as often as i can. mm. if you see where i came from and i know i was allows home, people never thought i would amount anything at 20 years claim to day. i live in truth that people can change. if given the tax is like i know i may have given a chance that one, now i am more troubling at out period that people do change. then i know i've never been to a vending machine. you know? oh, we get along as much as we can and any way i can be as a border source of hope or something. so i get to tell them now that i'm in school and i'm doing something i know is not just sitting in or you know, brown cups off the bars like you would imagine. how does it feel when he says
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like, i've never been able to treat it or something? i sat in a vending machine. it's really just hard brush encouraged her. what have been the times that stick out in your mind or you've especially messed him around prom birthday. ah, but as long as that a morning thing for my birthday, but for him to walk through the door. you know, how, like little videos are the soldiers come home? i always imagine like that would be me like my dad getting out of prison is the prize in me somewhere there still a dream even now that i'm well ah, people deserve a chance to make mistakes and learn from them and grow up. you know, he's deaf and not the same person. he's a better man. there's no way he should still be there all these years later and we
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all know he didn't kill any man. tim hutchison was the sheriff when i'm your nance was convicted, i can understand that 51 years. he has no problem with him spending 51 years behind bars. oh, are you going to do you say, oh, well, he was 16 and had a weapon, but he didn't need a boot just a couple of years because of his age. no, there's not. that is the act. there are live people who say there should not be felony murder charges because you shouldn't be considered a murderer if you'd and pulled the trigger or felony. murder is a way to get these people off the street, keep them off the street and they need to be off the street. and the same goes with mr. nance. he knew he was born inside the store to rob the store. what would your response be to people who say this isn't really working, talking people out doesn't actually solve any problems. well for those to say,
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it doesn't really solve any problem by locking these juveniles up. for long period of time, elmer nance had been involved in any more violent crimes. since the supreme court rulings states around the country have been reconsidering life sentences for people like amir in 2021, a bill passed the tennessee state senate that would have reduced the mandatory finance from 51 years to 25. there was opposition to it in the house, so the bell didn't move forward. seat senator john lumbergh voted against it. he's an influential voice in the legislature opposing criminal justice reform. these are heinous murders and acts mom. and the unfortunate part, i think, we have to admit, and we may not like it as a society. but there are some folks who are just born bad. and some of those people
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probably best at your behind bars. if it's their child, if it's someone in their community who is making these mistakes, they don't believe that their child was born bad. it is only people from other communities, people with different backgrounds, people that they don't have a connection with that they can sort of forget what they really know which is that children are different. are the tennessee supreme court will be deciding soon if the state will treat children any differently. it's considering a case similar to all mirrors challenging the constitutionality of 51 year sentences for juveniles. the 1st time you are eligible for releases when. oh, well, it's kind of nonexistent. you know, it's 16 years old. if you give a person 51 years, a u. s. supreme court will that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are cruel
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and unusual punishment, violating the 8th amendment. so i don't even look forward to the day, but tennessee argues that 51 years is not a life sentence, because eventually they could get out if they manage to live that long. i don't see any one surviving of 51 year life sentence. i can't see even if you didn't pull the trigger, even if you didn't know anything about it. felony merlin, darrel k with you let you die in prison. ah, we spoke with the family of joseph writing, but they declined to take part in our story. his mother site in our old saying, if you have a sore place that escaped over, don't pick on it because it will bleed. lehman
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. i've been incarcerated for 26 years. ah, deciding may say throw those guys away, but i don't have to feel that way about myself. but you guys want the family day, you know, they never want to give up on you for what time i have lived, i choose to try to be the best version of myself that i can be hello. hey i'm here . we go by when god baby mirror i try to be as much a source of support and inspiration from a dark place on a satellite even for her. if i pay for them, i live,
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i live in a family home. you meet them home because let me know when you know i will. my mom is seen humble. to talk about a mile detain. you don't have to come out and get him a job. you know, my mom, she's at 80 said he's still with me. good. yeah, okay. why does they use the waiting? everybody lives even from worries. oh yeah. oh, i have never given up hope now never will till he comes home. a change very soon. how good are where do you need is a good drive. you know,
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when you hit that our way you go to the b and i feel know caught in us. yeah. i'll, we'll see i'm, we get a chance to get in the car around with me play with his keys in town with his dog a bit. i believe he's gonna get a chance one day to come right in the store and we'll be able to her, give me talk to a little schofield to write a do on al jazeera as wash as invasion of the screen. the coaches, the 100 day moving, we bring you the latest from on the ground and the wars global impact. and you,
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