POSTED: DEC 19 2018 12:37 PM PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP/BCN) -
San Francisco’s mayor has joined other members of her family in requesting an early release from prison for an older brother who has served nearly two decades of a 44-year sentence on a manslaughter conviction.
Mayor London Breed sent a letter dated Oct. 23 to outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown in late October asking him to “consider leniency” and commute the sentence of Napoleon Brown, who struggled with drugs from a young age, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday. …
“Too many people, particularly young black men like my brother was when he was convicted, are not given an opportunity to become contributing members of society after they have served time in prison,” she said.
Brown, who is now 46, pushed Lenties White from a getaway car on the Golden Gate Bridge after an armed robbery in June 2000. The 25-year-old woman was struck by an oncoming driver and died.
That’s pretty bad.
… Breed, 44, has frequently spoken about her rough upbringing in San Francisco public housing.
According to court records in the White case, in 2000 Breed provided an alibi for her brother, saying that he had been sleeping at her grandmother’s house the time of the robbery and death.