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Van Hollen, Benson welcome home recently pardoned Marylander Curtis Brooks tomorrow

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Maryland State Senator Joanne Benson, and other local leaders will welcome Curtis Brooks home to Maryland, Monday, July 8, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Curtis Brooks moved from Maryland to Colorado to live with his mother at age 15.

His drug addicted mother kicked him out of the house shortly after their move to the new state that was a whole new world for Brooks. He ended up homeless and relied upon a group of teenage boys that he met for a place to sleep.

The group of boys he was learning to survive with decided one evening to steal a car and in the process killed the driver.

Brooks was not the gunman but was convicted for his participation in the crime and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole although he was a juvenile at the time of the crime.

Senator Benson, who was Curtis’ elementary school Principal in Maryland, and Senator Van Hollen have fought for years for his sentence to be commuted.

He was recently granted clemency by the Governor of Colorado, who recognized Curtis’ “extraordinary rehabilitation” and the fact that he has “taken full responsibility” and was “ready to advance to a new phase in life.”

During his time in prison, Brooks was dedicated to improving his life and the lives of others, as well as making amends. He will soon begin working for Senator Benson’s office in Prince George’s County.

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