Frans Sital, center, surrounded by friends, family, and supporters today in court after his re-sentencing.
The Perlmutter Center for Legal Justice wishes to thank Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, and Jill Harris, Chief Policy Director for their decision to consent to the sentence modification for Frans Sital. Special thanks to Mr. Sital's attorneys, David Crow, Nancy Ginzberg, Jonathan Edelstein, and Robert Grossman.
Frans's mother, Grace Sital, said, "I am so happy that my son Frans will hopefully be paroled and free to come home after 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Words cannot describe what these 30 years have been like waiting for this day. Thanks to the Perlmutter Center for Justice, Derrick Hamilton, and Josh Dubin for standing beside me to fight for Frans' freedom. Thanks to Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and his staff for agreeing to recommend the sentence modification so Frans will be eligible for parole. I have waited a very long time for my son to come home. Godspeed."
Josh Dubin, Executive Director of the Perlmutter Center, said, "We are really thrilled that the Brooklyn DA has consented to reduce Frans Sital's sentence. He was just a boy when he was arrested and convicted of murder, a crime he is innocent of. His mother, Grace, spent all these decades fighting for her son's freedom, joining others who worked tirelessly to help Frans Sital gain his freedom."
Deputy Director Derrick Hamilton said, "It was heartbreaking to know that a young man was serving essentially a life without parole sentence for a crime he likely did not commit. At the same time, it was inspiring to all of us at the Perlmutter Center to join Frans' mom, Grace, in her struggle to bring attention to her son's plight and fight endlessly for his freedom. We are so pleased to have played a part in his quest for freedom, and hopefully, with the Brooklyn DA's consent to reduce Frans' sentence, he soon be granted parole."