Family of death row Pinoy in US begs Aquino govt for help

LAS VEGAS – Minutes before he was handed down the death sentence, 29-year-old Filipino national Ralph Simon Jeremias continued to plead innocence.

“I know I didn’t commit any murder, but God knows I didn’t commit any murder,” said Jeremias. “I still stick to my guns as far as I’m innocent I didn’t commit any murder. I felt like the trial became more of racial politics than actual what happened.”

Family members were devastated.

“Six years — it’s really hard,” said Jeremias’ mother Beth Simon Daniels. “Each day is so hard. Each minute is so hard and difficult. Now my son is in the system that [he] is wrongfully convicted. President Aquino, Vice President Binay, please help him. I’m begging for you. A life for another life and I believe he didn’t commit this crime. He is really innocent. Please I beg of you.”

“I’m terribly sad and heartbroken,” said Felicitas Simon, Jeremias’ grandmother. “I’m asking for help from Vice President Binay that he saves my grandson.”

Months earlier in the jury trial, Jeremias was convicted of first degree murder in the execution style killing of Paul Hudson and Brian Stevens in 2009. Now he is scheduled for execution mid-April this year.

Nevada’s chief deputy prosecutor David Stanton says that justice has been served for the victims.

“I think the final chapter is if and when the jury’s verdict is actually carried out and they get invited by the Director of the Department of Corrections to go witness the execution,” said Stanton.

Stanton believes that Jeremias’s case is not a racial issue.

Jeremias’ defense attorney Patrick Clark continues to argue that the death penalty must be re-examined for his case.

“We have the best appellant lawyer in the state on our team who’s working on the appeal for this,” said Clark. ”Hopefully the supreme court will find some error in it.”

After six years of being locked up here at the Clark County Detention Center, Jeremias will be transferred sometime next week to High Dessert Nevada State Prison for 30 days of isolation before moving to death row in Ely, Nevada.

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  • kikay Pang0
    16 January 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Forget Binay he’s unreliable ….. I know a group of illegal Filipinos who would support and protest for him for Cash and big umbrella to protect them from unforgiving brutal desert heat.

    Hey BA … Dessert in State Prison ? Nice !!