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Jay-Z is trying to free a person who’s been imprisoned on marijuana fees since 2007.
The rapper’s authorized team filed a second movement to a North Carolina decide to free Valon Vailes after the primary was dismissed, Page Six reviews. The 55-year-old Vailes was sentenced to twenty years in federal prison with an extra 10 years of supervised launch after being found responsible of conspiring to own with the intent to distribute over one ton of marijuana.
Vailes reached out to Jay by letter, where he requested for the rapper’s help in being freed. Vailes also confirmed a deep appreciation for Hov’s profession and nonprofit work. “This correspondence is a plea to ask for your help with the intent to campaign for my clemency,” the letter read. “13 and a half years is a long time to be still incarcerated over a substance that has become the ultimate green rush.”
“A lot has changed in my life, but most importantly, I have a newfound view of society,” Vailes said. “Therefore, I pledge to my family, my children, and myself that my incarceration would not be in vain.”
Jay-Z’s lawyer Alex Spiro filed the primary movement in August, which was dismissed due to Vailes’ COVID-19 vaccination report. Spiro wrote a second movement this week. “Mr. Vailes’ motion for compassionate release does not mention COVID-19 and does not rely on any COVID-19-related argument as a basis for arguing in favor of a reduced sentence,” Spiro argued. “Mr. Vailes has exhausted his administrative remedies with the [Federal Bureau of Prisons]; extraordinary and compelling reasons warrant compassionate release in his case; the relevant factors support release; and Mr. Vailes is not a danger to the community.”
Vailes has 4 children and three grandchildren and has lost a number of family members and friends since his incarceration. “It is a bittersweet reality that I am a casualty and a commodity of this system filled with injustice,” he wrote.