Wednesday, July 28, 2021
CLOSE
 
San Francisco mayor asks for brother’s early prison release
By Associated Press
Published December 27, 2018

FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, San Francisco Mayor London Breed listens during a news conference in San Francisco. Breed has requested an early release from prison for an older brother who has served nearly two decades of a 44-year sentence for a manslaughter conviction. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, that Breed sent a letter to outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown in late October asking him to “consider leniency” and commute her brother’s sentence. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

San Francisco’s mayor has joined other members of her family in requesting an early release from prison for an older brother who has served nearly two decades of a 44-year sentence on a manslaughter conviction.

Mayor London Breed sent a letter to outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown in late October asking him to “consider leniency” and commute the sentence of Napoleon Brown, who struggled with drugs from a young age, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.

In a statement on Tuesday, Breed said people who break the law should face consequences, but also have a chance at redemption.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Too many people, particularly young black men like my brother was when he was convicted, are not given an opportunity to become contributing members of society after they have served time in prison,” she said.

Brown, who is now 46, pushed Lenties White from a getaway car on the Golden Gate Bridge after an armed robbery in June 2000. The 25-year-old woman was struck by an oncoming driver and died.

The newspaper reports that documents in Brown’s commutation application indicate that his attorneys expected to negotiate for a 20-year sentence. But the San Francisco district attorney’s office would only consider a “package deal,” with both Brown and a co-defendant pleading guilty.

The mayor’s letter was first reported Tuesday night by KNTV. The television news station reported that court records say Brown was recently caught with heroin in prison and had two years added to his sentence, a detail not included in the mayor’s letter to the governor.

Sandra McNeil, the mother of the victim, said Brown does not deserve early release.

“I don’t think it would be justice,” she said. “She’s the mayor, so she’s got a little power, so she thinks she can get her brother out.”

ADVERTISEMENT

A spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown, Brian Ferguson, said Wednesday that the governor’s office does not comment on individual cases.

 

Breed, 44, has frequently spoken about her rough upbringing in San Francisco public housing.

Categories: National | News
Tags: | | | | |

Get the Los Angeles Sentinel App!



Since 1933 The Voice of Our Community Speaking for Itself.
88 Years of LA Sentinel.
Black News.
SEARCH:    
Videos


Black Fact of the Day


Photo of the Day

Events

LA Sentinel
in your pocket:





TOS-Cookbook-Web

LA Watts Times

 
© 2021 Los Angeles Sentinel All Rights Reserved • A Bakewell Media Publication

AboutArchivesContact UsCorrections & MisprintsMedia Kit

Terms of ServicePrivacy Policy

LA Watts TimesTaste of Soul

Close / I'm already on the list

Subscribe Today!

Don't be limited anymore! Subscribe Now »

** Existing subscribers, please Login / Register for Digital »

Subscribe to The Los Angeles Sentinel for only $5.99 $3.99 per month, with 1 month free!

Relax in comfort each week as you read the printed newspaper on your own time, delivered weekly to your home or office. This subscription also includes UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS for all of your devices. Includes FREE shipping! One easy payment of $3.99/month gets you:

Subscribe Now »