Former SSG Joshua Eisenhauer (Ike) New Lawyer, Birthday Fundraiser and Hope
July 13, 2016
New Lawyer, New Day, New Plan
Joshua has a new lawyer Bruce Cunningham who has just finished a very thorough case review. Bruce is currently making recommendations and plans to challenge Josh’s ridiculously long sentence that appears to most people to be a punishment that far exceeds reasonableness after a hearing that likely should have been heard in another county. Currently Bruce has asked to withdraw the Motion for Appropriate Relief from the Superior Court in order to present a request to the NC Court of Appeals which is a higher court.
The Motion for Appropriate Relief Hearing scheduled for July 22 in Superior Court has been cancelled. Finding out what the NC Court of Appeals decides is allowable for Ike’s case will likely take two months, or more after the legal filings are made.
Josh/Ike turns 35 on August 11th. At that point he will have spent his last 5 birthdays imprisoned. OUR GOAL is to make this the last birthday he has to spend behind bars. JOSH NEEDS YOUR HELP. If you’d like to help give a gift for his legal fees all amounts are appreciated.
So far SaveourSoldiers has raised $4,150 toward the $13,000 goal! Thank you!!!
Please support & contribute to this fundraiser as it has national attention. In large part this is due to these efforts and Josh’s case.
Laws that encourage alternatives to prison for veterans with PTSD are being considered. More accountability is being required from the Warrior Transition Program and its protocol, and thankfully, North Carolina is now considering enabling judges to consider PTSD as a specific mitigating factor when sentencing.
THERE IS HOPE FOR AN ENTIRE REVERSAL OF CHARGES AND SENTENCING FOR JOSH. Although it’s not likely the charges will be dropped, the circumstances, now being taken into account and surrounding the case do suggest that both the charges and sentencing will be reconsidered and likely modified.
This would set a precedent. This would mean that our Veteran’s whom have been sent into knowingly horrific conditions may get medical attention some need upon return from combat zones. THIS WOULD mean, even if it’s taken 5 or 6 years, there is some ACCOUNTABILITY and ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of the epidemic we are facing.
THERE’s HOPE. THIS IS A STEP. YOU CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
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or you can go http://saveoursoldiers.org/donate for a link to donate using PayPal, please note the donation is for Joshua.
A LETTER FROM JOSHUA’S MOM
Here’s a link to one of the recent articles in Stars and Stripes about alternatives to prison and laws for veterans with PTSD that features Josh. The article written by Anna Gronewold was also published in other newspapers so you may have seen it before. Josh’s dad Mark is quoted in the article.
On the 9th, the last time that I was able to see Josh, he was much more positive than he had been in a long time. His spirits seemed lifted just knowing he had a new lawyer, and with new ideas and plans for his future.
Josh said to say hello and thanks to everyone who is writing, especially since he still has a hard time focusing to write back. He said the letters and prayers mean a lot.
If you want to write Josh/Ike, send him a birthday card, or a book from a publisher here’s his current address. (Note: Cards can’t have stickers, be painted, etc.)
Joshua Eisenhauer #1304704
4285 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699
Here’s to hope!