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The following letter was written by Police Chief Willie Williams to Judge Mira attempting to influence the Judge.  The crime did not occur in Chief Williams [City of Los Angeles] but in the County of Los Angeles.

June 27, 1996

The Honorable Lawrence Mira
Judge of the Municipal Court
23525 Civic Center Way

Dear Judge Mira:

I would like to express my thoughts concerning the four defendants who were recently found guilty of first degree murder with special circumstances for the senseless killing of 16 year old Jimmy Farris. It is my understanding that you will sentence these four defendants on July 15, 1996.

After reviewing the circumstances in this case, I do not believe that these defendants deserve any leniency from the law. Jimmy Farris was brutally stabbed in the heart and his close friend whom he died protecting, might also have died from stab wounds had it not been for prompt medical care.

I understand that a defendant's age at the time of the crime is a factor to be considered in determining whether a minor should be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, or receive a lesser sentence of 25 years to life. With this in mind, I would like to focus my attention upon defendants Micah Holland and Tony Miliotti, who were both minors at the time the crime was committed.

Every decent person who knew Jimmy Farris regarded him as a fine young man. He died a hero, trying to protect his friend from being savagely beaten by four hoodlums. This belief was shared by the jury of 12 people who found all four defendants guilty of murder in the first degree with special circumstances.

The defendants in this case deserve the same mercy they showed to Jimmy Farris and his friend Michael McLoren. I urge you to sentence all of these defendants to the maximum punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Anything less would be a grave injustice to the fine young man they brutally murdered, to his family, and to his friends and his neighbors.

I thank you for your time and your consideration in the matter.

Very truly yours,

Willie L. Williams
Chief of Police

 

Why, you might wonder, would the Chief of LAPD pressure Judge Myra in a case that occurred outside of LAPD jurisdiction in the County of Los Angeles? 

We don't know.  We DO know the Judge had a drinking problem that resulted in his arrest for drunk driving by the CHP when he rolled his car over on the Freeway.  This threw the legal system into a little tizzy because Myra would have had to be arraigned in his own courtroom!

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