San Francisco Mayor London Breed is asking Gov. Jerry Brown to commute the prison sentence of her brother, who has spent almost two decades in prison.
Breed’s older brother, Napoleon Brown, 46, has served nearly 20 years of his 44-year sentence in state prison for pushing Lenties White, 25 at the time, from a getaway car on the Golden Gate Bridge, after a robbery in 2000. After being pushed, White was struck by an oncoming car and died of her injuries. Brown was convicted of manslaughter.
In a recent letter to the governor, dated Oct. 23, Breed asked for leniency and said her brother is, "committed to turning his life around." This is the third time she has written a letter to the governor about her brother's case, but the first time as mayor.
“[My brother’s] attorney reached out to me and family members earlier this year to ask us to consider putting together a request of this nature to the governor's office and said that my brother had a good chance of having his sentence commuted,” Breed tells KQED News. “And so that's exactly what we did.”
The news of the letter was first reported Tuesday night by NBC Bay Area.