Frans Sital walks out of the Elmira Correctional Facility.
Josh Dubin, Executive Director of PCLJ, said, "We are really thrilled that after years of advocacy on behalf of Frans Sital questioning his wrongful conviction, the Brooklyn District Attorney consented to reducing his half century 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 PCLJ 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."
According to a legal filing on behalf of Frans Sital seeking a sentence reduction, "Mr. Sital is well deserving of that second look. As shown by the numerous letters and emails attached to this motion, he has become a different person. He has educated himself and prepared for employment. He has helped to educate and assist other inmates through such programs as Exodus Transitional Services and CPPM. He has become a loving and supportive brother and son, acting as a role model and mainstay to his family even from prison. He has become a leader rather than a follower, and those who know him attest to his growth and maturity. He is exactly the kind of adolescent offender who merits the protection of the Constitutions of the United States and of this State."