Former Prosecutor Larry Sells to help Sarah Pender on Wrongful Conviction

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Justice For Sarah Pender

Eupen, Belgium

#1 Dec 22, 2012
In an audio interview released this morning on Youtube and on the website "Fair Justice For Sarah Jo Pender", Bonnie Prosser (Sarah Pender's mom) tells that Larry Sells has contacted her and offered his help to correct what was a terrible mistake. He got in touch with her 4 months ago and has decided recently to make that commitment public. This is an important step in the campaign to have Sarah Pender's wrongful conviction overturned and toward her exoneration.

Sarah Pender was convicted of a double homicide in 2002 and sentenced to life in Prison. Larry Sells was the prosecutor at that trial. She escaped out of despair from Rockville Correctional Facility in august 2008 and was captured in Chicago on December 21, 2012.

The Youtube audio-video can be seen here :


the campaign website url is
http://sites.google.com/site/justsarahjo/
Brett

Chesapeake, VA

#2 Dec 30, 2012
I won't pretend that I'm an expert on this case or for that matter for or against support of Ms Pender. However if the prosecutor of this case feels that their was an injustice done I would like to hear his statement in his words. Where can I hear this in his words? It would seem very strange that someone with intimate knowledge of this case would suddenly reverse what they posed in court. Unless of course new evidence has been discovered.
Yes 110 yrs in prison us a very harsh sentence for any crime. I still have to admit that I'm not sure Ms Pender is completely innocent but and evidence warrants a new trial then I am for it.
lonnie

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Dec 30, 2012
Justice For Sarah Pender wrote:
In an audio interview released this morning on Youtube and on the website "Fair Justice For Sarah Jo Pender", Bonnie Prosser (Sarah Pender's mom) tells that Larry Sells has contacted her and offered his help to correct what was a terrible mistake. He got in touch with her 4 months ago and has decided recently to make that commitment public. This is an important step in the campaign to have Sarah Pender's wrongful conviction overturned and toward her exoneration.

Sarah Pender was convicted of a double homicide in 2002 and sentenced to life in Prison. Larry Sells was the prosecutor at that trial. She escaped out of despair from Rockville Correctional Facility in august 2008 and was captured in Chicago on December 21, 2012.

The Youtube audio-video can be seen here :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =Xso2ucAk4-UXX

the campaign website url is
http://sites.google.com/site/justsarahjo/
Is she hot?
Puzzled in Tennessee

Monroe, TN

#4 Dec 31, 2012
I had never heard of Sarah Pender until today. I taped the movie of her and the murder she is convicted of. At the first of the movie I thought she might be inocent. But by the end I think she is guilty. Even her father thinks she would do anything to get what she wants. I do agree that that was too much time they gave her. They don't give people that much time for rape or murder of a child and these were dope heads and dealers. I also think that five yrs in solitary is awful. That is cruel and inhuman treatment. It doesn't say much for the facility she is being held in,can't they control a prisoners in this age 2013? I would not say she is innocent or guilty because it was only from a that I know the story but, whe should be put out in the prison population. America is not that cruel.
wow

Toledo, OH

#5 Jan 2, 2013
Puzzled in Tennessee wrote:
I had never heard of Sarah Pender until today. I taped the movie of her and the murder she is convicted of. At the first of the movie I thought she might be inocent. But by the end I think she is guilty. Even her father thinks she would do anything to get what she wants. I do agree that that was too much time they gave her. They don't give people that much time for rape or murder of a child and these were dope heads and dealers. I also think that five yrs in solitary is awful. That is cruel and inhuman treatment. It doesn't say much for the facility she is being held in,can't they control a prisoners in this age 2013? I would not say she is innocent or guilty because it was only from a that I know the story but, whe should be put out in the prison population. America is not that cruel.
What is inhuman is what happen to drew and Trish so she is locked in a little room these people are dead and can't even enjoy life and Trish can't even see her kids grow up now that is cruel
ANONYMOUS

Milwaukee, WI

#6 Jan 2, 2013
THIS DOESNT MAKE F.ENN SENSE ITS AS CLEAR AS DAY SHE'S INNOCENT SO WHAT THE HEECKIS THIS HOW IT ENDS? IS THIS HOW IT TURNS OUT?, ARE PEOPLE, YOU KNOW (THE BIG HEAVY HANDED ....""WHO HOLD THE WUAN HIGH IN THE SYSTEM"" )ARE THEY ABLE TO JUST SIT BACK AND LET HER ROT IN JAIL, MUCH LESS IN SOLITARY CONFINMENT, SO SHE BROKE THE FUCK OUT ...AND SHE GOT CAUGHT ITS BEEN F.ENNN 4 YEARS I THINK SHE PAYED HER DUE'S FOR THOSE WHO FEAR HER BREAKING OUT AGAIN , BUT COME ON GROW A BRAIN SHE'S NOT GOING ANY WHERE AGAIN A INNOCENT PERSON DOES'NT RUN A SECOND TIME WHEN SHE HAS SO ME PEOPLE, FOLLOWERS ...{""GOD EVEN THE ONE WHO HELP PUT HER AWAY BELIVE'S AND WANT'S TO HELP SARAH JO PENDER""} ATTENTION. YOU F..ED UP SARAH YOU WERE YOUNG DUM , AND FULL OF *UM , WHEATHER OR NOT YOU BOUGHT THAT SHOT GUN THE NDAY BEFORE, AFTER, A WEEK AGO. THATS WERE THEY'LL HOLD ON WITH BOTH HANDS, AND BELIVE ME I CAN SEE HOW THAT MAKES SENSE. BUT IF I GOT BACK AND SAW PEOPLE SHOT, SH** I'D FREAK OUT TO, OR IF I WAS REALLY THERE AND LIE'D I'D BE SCARED THAT PSYCO EX WOULD SHOOT ME ONE DAY TOO. I DONT KNOW,...IF ANYTHING JESUS KNOWS WE AINT PERFECT & WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES, BUT THE PROOFS THERE IF ANYONE THAT MATTERS IS LISTENING. THERE'S TO MANT HOLE'S IN THIS STORY . DID SARAH EVEN GET A LIE DETECTOR TEST DONE, SOMEONE CAN VOLUNTEER TO PAY FOR THE DETECTER TEST TO CLEAR YOUR NAME. THEN IT BE THE AFFIDAVIT THAT "DUM**S WROTE ADMITTING TO FORGERING IT, AND THE LIE DETECTER TEST. SHE RAN CAUSE ITS SCARY TO THINK HOW MANY YEARS THAT IS. AND WHEN SHE WAS CAUGHT, ITS LIKE SHE SAID "YOU GOT ME" LEAVE IT IN GOD'S HANDS!! GOD NEVER PUTS THINGS IN OUR WAY WE CANT HANDLE. SARAH IF YOUR READING THIS....SOME OF THE GREATEST PEOPLE OF OUR LIVING EXISTENCE WENT THROUGH HELL BEFORE DO SOMETHING GREAT FOR THIS WORLD FOR OTHER, WHO MADE SOME SORT OF MAJOR DIFFERENCE FOR THIS WORLD. SADLY & UNFORTUNATELY SOMETIMES BAD THINGS HAVE TO HAPPEN , FOR GOOD THINGS TOO.... THIS THIS YEARS OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT COME ON NOW.
IS THE JAIL SYSTEM THAT NAIVE, AND INSECURE ABOUT WHO THEY HIRE THAT THERE AFRAID THEY CAN'T DO THERE JOB'S RIGHT. CANT THEY AFORD TO TRAIN GOOD JAILERS THAT ARE HIRED TO SECURE THE PRISON SO THEY WONT BE SO AFRAID OF WHO CAN ESCAPE. SARAH JO PENDER HAS LEARNED HER LESSON LET HER BREATHE A LITTLE NOW "OUT" OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT SHE'S PAYED HER DUE'S. SHE AINT GOING ANYWHERE TILL JUSTICE IS SERVED AND GROWS A BRAIN AND GETS HER OUT A RIGHT WAY AND TO QUOTE HER AFTER THAT GOD AWFULL SCARY DISGUSTING FILTH CHARLES MASON....COME ...JEEEZ LOUISE IT DONT TAKE ROCKET SICENCE THHAT WAS ONLY TO MAKE SARAH JO PENDER CASE CONVICTION SOUND JUICY & HECK FOR THE MEDIA, AND PAPARAZZI ....IS THE SYSTEM/JAIL SYSTEM THAT F...ED UP THAT THEY CANT HIRE AND TRAIN STRONG JAILER'S TO NOT BE SO TEMPTED. OR MABE THEY REALLY CANT RELY ON THE EMPLOYEE'S THAT HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE PPRISON SYSTEM. FOR SO LONG. WTF ....... GODS WATCHING I GUESS WILL LEAVE IT IN HIS HANDS/GODS HANDS.. AND WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPEN'S TO THE INNOCENT. SADLY THE SYSTEM HAS F.EEEND A MANY SO MUCH IN THE PAST HAVING PEOPLE PUT AWAY RUINING AND WASTEING THERE LIFE'S IN PRISON FOR CRIME'S THEY DID'NT COMITT.....TO BE CONTINUED
ANONYMOUS

Milwaukee, WI

#7 Jan 2, 2013
TO BE CONTINUED....
LOOK AT THE FAMOUS PRISON BREAK IN 1990 OF LAURIE BEMBENEK OF WISCONSIN'S TAYCHEEDAH WOMENS CORRECTIONAL CENTER/PRISON. BEMBENEK WAS CONVICTED IN 1982 FOR THE KILLINGS OF CHRISTINE SCHLTZ WHO WAS THE EX-WIFE OF HER HUSBAND FRED SCHULTZ. THIS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY THAT HELD A POPULATION OF 763 AS OF THAT JUNE 2007. SHE WENT TO PRISON FOR A CRIME SHE DIDNT COMMIT ESCAPED, THEN WAS CAUGHT WHICH OPENED A NEW CASE PLEDED NO CONTEST AND THEN WAS RELEASED ....PROSECUTORS AGREED AND RELEASED BEMBENEK ON TIME SHE ALREADY SERVED. WHY CAUSE THEY KEPT AVOIDING LOOKING AT THE EVIDENCE THAT NOONE WANTED TO EXAMINE...WTF SPENT 10 YEARS OF HER LIFE IN JAIL BEHIND BARS WHILE THE PEOPLE WHO PUT HER THERE JUST CONTINUED LIVING THERE LIVES WITH NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD IT TOOK HER ESCAPEING FOR JUSTICE TO PLAY A PART. SEE WHAT I MEAN SOMEONE NEEDS TO STOP THIS FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL..."PLEASE" LIFES TO SHORT. AND THOSE OF YOU WHO DO WRONG NO MATTER WHAT SIDE OF THE FENCE YOU PLAY ON ....GOD DONT LIKE UGLY. AND GOD NEVER LETS US LEAVE THIS EARTH WITH OUT GETTING WHAT WE DESERVE.
SARAH JO PENDER HAVE FAITH, CAUSE JUST REMEBER WHAT DOES'NT COME OUT IN THE WASH , WILL EVENTUALLY COME OUT IN THE RINSE...... LATER WORLD
Delphi_Programme r

Woodbridge, VA

#8 Jan 4, 2013
I don't claim to be an expert on this case either, but I will say this. Sarah Pender was guilty, in all probability, of accessory to murder and the subsequent cover-up. I don't believe they ever proved she pre-meditated the murder or ordered it. The victims were themselves criminals who both used and sold illegal drugs and stole money to support their habits. Other far more hardened criminals have committed far more gruesome crimes against far more innocent victims, including children, and walked away with far lesser sentences. Gertrude Baniszewski tortured innocent 16-year old Sylvie Likens to death, burned cigarettes on her body, carved profane words into her stomach with a knife and pricked her with needles heated in candle flames in a murder that took 4-months to execute, and she walked after TWENTY YEARS. To give Pender 110 years for the crime she committed is inexcusable and a gross miscarriage of justice. To keep her locked up in solitary confinement for 5 years is cruel and inhumane. We didn't treat the Gitmo Bay detainees that inhumanely, and people called for Bush and Chaney's indictment on war crimes for that! The people involved in this case should be ashamed of themselves. Pender's father is a poor excuse for a human being of he can treat his own daughter that way and look the other way at what she's been through. Sarah deserves another trial, a reduced sentence and retribution for all she's been put through.
Kyle

Humble, TX

#9 Jan 9, 2013
Sadly, you people don't understand that it doesn't matter if she did everything and more than they said. It should have been a mistrial because of all the holes in the prosecution's case.

They used a forged letter knowingly to demonize her as the female Charles Manson. They also used 9/11 and compared her to a terrorist... MISTRIAL.

She should have probably gotten 2 to 5 years for covering up the murders, but you gotta be a big, strong guy to use a shotgun with slugs meant for deer. It's also inhumane to have someone in solitary confinement this long.

Either way, human rights have been violated. I couldn't care less about the two meth heads who are dead. And really... I don't care about this girl. It's all about the legal system being fair.
wow

Lafayette, IN

#10 Jan 10, 2013
Kyle wrote:
Sadly, you people don't understand that it doesn't matter if she did everything and more than they said. It should have been a mistrial because of all the holes in the prosecution's case.
They used a forged letter knowingly to demonize her as the female Charles Manson. They also used 9/11 and compared her to a terrorist... MISTRIAL.
She should have probably gotten 2 to 5 years for covering up the murders, but you gotta be a big, strong guy to use a shotgun with slugs meant for deer. It's also inhumane to have someone in solitary confinement this long.
Either way, human rights have been violated. I couldn't care less about the two meth heads who are dead. And really... I don't care about this girl. It's all about the legal system being fair.
Who ever told you that you need to be a big strong guy to shoot a that kind of gun is way wrong you need to learn the facts
Sela

Kansas City, KS

#11 Jan 20, 2013
Saw the Lifetime Movie and am not convinced of her guilt or innocence in the crime. What I am convinced of is the fact that this case screams MISTRIAL and no one cares.

This kid has survival instincts, good, bad or indifferent, she tried to do the right thing via appeals and failed. She did the next best thing and fled.
javery63

United States

#12 Jan 20, 2013
R E T R I A L, DUHH. PEOPLE NEED TO STEP UP AND DO WHATS RIGHT. LET HER GO.
Kim

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Jan 20, 2013
As for guilt. I think that a hand writing analyst should have been brought in. Mistrial should have been called. Using a known forged handwritten letter to prosecute her is heinous. She may be a manipulated but her "boyfriend" did worse. I truly think a new trial should be set. They never tested her hands for gun powder residue either. I hope that a new trial is given.
unsound

United States

#15 Jan 20, 2013
Kim wrote:
As for guilt. I think that a hand writing analyst should have been brought in. Mistrial should have been called. Using a known forged handwritten letter to prosecute her is heinous. She may be a manipulated but her "boyfriend" did worse. I truly think a new trial should be set. They never tested her hands for gun powder residue either. I hope that a new trial is given.
I don't think she actually killed anyone, but as she admitted getting rid of the bodies is an accessory also going to work and being happy not calling the police when she had at least 8 hours to do so, asking to sleep somewhere else because she couldn't sleep where they had been killed. Also, if you escape anywhere you are sentenced to I do believe you should be punished for it. That is man hours and tax payer dollars spent looking for you as well so again even though she committed no crime while she was on the run she still affected others lives and broke the law. No one gets to break the law and not have a punishment. She's not special, if you or I did it our time would be extended for breaking out as well.
Heather

Belchertown, MA

#16 Jan 21, 2013
Everyone is basing their answers on a lifetime movie. You werent there, so you dont know what really happened. Why dont you try reading up on the case before giving an input, otherwise you just sound stupid.
unsound

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jan 21, 2013
I actually didn't see the movie, so I'd assume that comment wasn't towards me. I don't care to see reenactments. I'd rather read case history. If the original poster wasn't going off the movie themselves then they picked a rather odd timing to all of a sudden to make such radical claims to the case at hand considering it was the week it did come out. Never forget there was victims and families in this case and they too are not forgotten.
Jodi Dawson Harris

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Jan 22, 2013
I knew Sarah as a child ,I do not beleive she murdered anybody she was caught up in a bad situation and was probably scared and in shock and in the moment panicked .I do not think she had a fair trial,her father was always mean,cruel and unfair about everything. I remember this myself and her mom was a good person every family has problems that doesn't mean she is a murderer.And as far as the lifetime movie goes we all know how stuff gets turned around and twisted on t.v. I think she should be given a fair trial and the justice system is not fair.My heart and prayers will always be with this family.
Mom

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Feb 7, 2013
I just want to say, that the movie was never given permission to air any of it. I don't even know where they got there info. Her father never said what they had him saying to Ryan Harman, he himself is going to jail for making up false reports, and other things. Look it up, Ryan Harman, it's on the net. Or I will send you the link. Just for our info, I have set down with Larry Sells and it takes a big man to stand up and say he was worng. You will hear from him very soon. We have lawyers working on it now, becuse they believe in her inniscents. So like I told my children, it's just TV not every thing you see is true. And to you, unsound, I don't know who you know but the people that said Sarah would do something like this, didn't really know Sarah. So go to the web Justice for Sarah Jo Pender and read for yourself. God Help this Country.
H in california

Lake Forest, CA

#20 Feb 7, 2013
Bottom line from what I have read of this case: the letter was a major factor in her conviction, letter was forged, she deserves a new trial.
H in california

Lake Forest, CA

#21 Feb 7, 2013
Also would like to add my thoughts go out to the families of Drew and Trish. Very sorry for your loss.

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