40266 Ronar St.
Palmdale, Calif. 93591
contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
12, July, 2004
To the American
Public and all interested people of this world:
reason for writing is to ask for your help. We are trying to get
our unjust conviction overturned.
What we need for
you to do is
write a letter to the Governor and ask
that we be granted a pardon.
This letter could
description of some of what actually happened
to Lindsay, such as 10 weeks
water on the
brain, lungs under developed, all muscles
flaccid, nine weeks of respirator
dependence, IV and
non- functioning liver requiring 2
complete blood exchanges,
clubbed feet requiring seven surgeries
to partially correct, Congenital
Dystrophy/Steinert's disease. As she progressed she
had casts on her feet from
just after birth
for more than a
year, various forms of braces continually
until she was almost five years old
other types of braces from time to time for the rest of her life.
She developed congenital cataracts in
both eyes at about
age 5 and
started to learn Braille at age 8. At
age 13 she had surgery to remove the
cataracts so that
she could see
with real thick (coke bottle bottom)
glasses. At age 15 she entered the
feeding. When she entered she also
needed oxygen but did not receive
it for 6 days.
While there, she
developed pneumonia, vomited, aspirated,
thus dying there on the 7th day
with no monitoring
her to alert the nurses in time to help
2 1/2 years after Lindsay died we were arrested and charged with
second degree murder, child abuse
and conspiracy to commit child abuse. The trial produced a
and we were retried for involuntary
manslaughter, child abuse/endangerment and conspiracy to
abuse. At the 2nd trial,
second degree murder was reduced to involuntary manslaughter.
convicted on all three charges
after 2 1/2 weeks of deliberation, during which the judge
of the Jury the lady who was voting
not guilty. Mike got 6 years and Kathleen got 4 years prison,
released early (half time for good
behavior and work).
A lot of "legal?"
but dishonorable and dishonest things occurred to
achieve the conviction in the 2nd trial:
Several witnesses of the prosecutor
were proven liars or damaging to her case. They were
not at the 2nd trial. Our case number
is #BA170869 of Los
Angeles County Superior Court.
Pediatric Doctor, Astrid Hagar, a "world
renowned child abuse expert", almost shed tears and
used the term "sadly true" in place of "yes" when testifying.
lie was in trial 2, transcript
pages 2771 and 2772 "I have a friend with
6 children with
Myotonic Dystrophy, ..watched them all
grow up..become gymnasts, nurses..." When
questioned by the
defense: "Are you sure they had
Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy?" "Absolutely"
she replied. Another
lie others at transcript
pages 2731 and 2733 was "Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy is
than other Myotonic Dystrophy's."
Two prosecution witnesses in the 2nd
trial reversed or altered their 1st trial
go along with other school employees. They 1st
Lindsay was always hungry, famished and
wolfed down her food, ate so fast that she through up. In the
trial they said that Lindsay was slow,
picky and took up to 2 hours to finish a meal and turned down
Who told them to say that in the
School Nurse Peggy Goecke testified at the
1sttrial that she saw what "looks like a match
bum on her back." In the 2nd trial it
changed to "looks
like several Cigarette burns." The truth was
that many of Lindsay's medical records refer to a haemangioma
upper left back.
(haemangioma is medical-speak for a birth mark)
School personal who's ineptitude can be demonstrated,
testified to Lindsay's being abused and
starved and were filers of 15 child abuse reports.
9 to the jury; what of the other 6.
All Child Protective Services investigators
that came to the school then to our home wrote in their
reports that the charges (mentioned above) were "unfounded,
and that the teachers
seemed to be harassing the Gentry's." The Judge refused to
jury to see those reports.
Seven reports were so absurd - on the teachers part - that
refused to use them.
Now, a few words from 2 neutral school employees: Lindsay's
for the last six
years, Linda Kunkel & Gail Belbak: "...Lindsay
never, ever got on the bus with
dirty, messed up hair, cloths, face, arms or legs."
said they never ever saw any cuts or
bruises on Lindsay, or that she smelled anything but clean
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you prefer to email the governor then please go
to the following web page and fill
out the form: http://www.govmail.ca.gov/
you know anyone with muscular dystrophy, or has handicapped people
in their life or are in the
Medical Profession that know how absurd our conviction is? We
appreciate letters by them too.
The more letters the governor receives, the more likely that
take a look at our misfortune and correct it
Your help will be
greatly appreciated. If you have questions, please
call or write. Our address and phone
number is at the top. We would like to get a copy of the
send to the Governor for coordination purposes.
& Kathleen Gentry