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Judge Forced Guilty Verdict, Wrongful Sentence
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On September 13, 2007 a silver car with four men inside was stopped on Pittsburgh’s Northside, as suspects in two drive-by shootings that happened minutes before. This fate would literally determine the rest of Drew Pritchett’s life.

On September 13, 2007 a silver car with four men inside was stopped on Pittsburgh’s Northside, as suspects in two drive-by shootings that happened minutes before. This fate would literally determine the rest of Drew Pritchett’s life.

Drew, who had aspirations to go into business as a real estate developer, was a recent high school graduate, with no prior criminal record, had just began his freshman year at our local Community College was now fighting for his life.

Accused of being the driver and originally sentenced to life* on November 4, 2009, Drew, now 27, has spent the last 8 1/2 years in a Pennsylvania state prison and will remain there for up to 65 years for crimes that he maintains he did not commit, nor did he have any prior knowledge of.

The evidence proving Mr. Pritchett’s innocence was blatantly ignored and dismissed including DNA evidence from the steering wheel matching the actual driver and testimony from the drivers own cousin revealing that Mr. Pritchett was not the driver at the time of the shootings, and confirming that it was actually his cousin (who was never charged) driving the car. Even when the jury came back with a not guilty verdict on the count of first-degree murder for Mr. Pritchett and a guilty verdict for the shooter, they were instructed by the judge to go back and deliberate once more because inconsistent verdicts weren’t allowed (which was incorrect). At that point a 12 member jury went back and changed the verdict in under 10 minutes by crossing out “not guilty” and writing in “guilty”. It’s clear and evident that because Mr. Pritchett was denied a severance to be tried separately from the convicted shooter, he was ultimately railroaded by a corrupted justice system. Below is a link to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette article immediately post-conviction outlining a few of the facts concerning the case.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2009/11/05/Two-guilty-in-fatal-drive-by-shooting/stories/200911050278

After nearly 9 long years and thousands of dollars spent on legal fees, we, the family of Drew Pritchett, are reaching out to the community and anyone willing to help raise or donate money to assist with additional attorney fees and a new trial. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude in advance for any assistance offered.

*After a post-conviction hearing in the Superior Court, the first-degree murder charge which carries a mandatory life sentence was vacated. The panel of three judges found multiple procedural errors in the original trial as well as with the verdicts handed down.

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