Music mogul Jay-Z and his legal team are hard at work to free one of his fans, Valon Vailes, who was sentenced to 20-years in prison for selling weed.
In August, Alex Spiro, who is Hov's attorney, filed a motion in a North Carolina judiciary asking for a "compassionate release" of Vailes, who was convicted in 2007 of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than one ton of marijuana between 2003 and 2007. In addition to two decades in federal prison, he must also serve ten years of supervised release.
Spiro filed a second motion for the man's release on Wednesday.
The Roc-A-Fella founder was introduced to Vailes when the man wrote him a letter from behind bars. He expressed his appreciation for Hov's prison reform efforts and urged him to look into his case. Touched by Vailes' story, Jay rallied his legal team and employees with his marijuana company to call for Vailes to be freed immediately from the unfair punishment.
In Spiro's most recent motion, he did not cite COVID-19 exceptions as reasons for the release. Instead, Spiro focused on Vaile's good behavior and non-violent history, making him no threat to society. The lawyer also noted that Vailes needs to care for his mentally ill brother, for whom he is the only possible caregiver following their mother's death.
"It is unjust to allow Mr. Vailes to remain in prison when, if sentenced under the current law, and with his good behavior credits, he would have already been released," read the second filing.
A Change.org petition also advocating for Vailes' freedom has drawn over 2,000 signatures.
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