Supporters of Convicted Assemblyman Soliciting Letters to Reduce His Sentence

William Boyland. (Photo: Facebook)

William Boyland. (Photo: Facebook)

Supporters of former Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., who was convicted on corruption charges and is now awaiting sentencing, are soliciting letters in an effort to reduce his prison sentence, according to an email forwarded to the Observer by two Brooklyn politicos today.

“Some of you may be thinking of writing a supportive letter about William to the Judge in an effort to help him receive the lightest possible sentence,” reads the email, which includes a sample letter to a judge and Mr. Boyland’s attorney’s contact information.

The sample letter included in the email appears to use a format copied from online examples, but with Mr. Boyland’s name and record substituted in. It also contains some leftover text from the original sample that refers to Mr. Boyland as “her” multiple times.

“William has a productive future ahead of her. William has recently organized STOP the Violence Walks which several hundred people marched in from the community. He has  volunteered at several senior centers and thought computer classes. William needed in the many community centers  as well as the many places he volunteered,” it reads. “We ask you  please grant him probation or a reduced sentence.  I believe that both society, as well as William, would be better served by the imposition of a period of probation, along with court ordered service to her community; this will better assist her in becoming a more responsible, productive citizen than would any extended period of incarceration.”

Mr. Boyland’s attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment and it’s not clear whether his legal team is spearheading this specific effort.

Immediately after his conviction, Mr. Boyland was expelled from his chamber and faces up to 30 years in prison after being found guilty last week on federal corruption charges.

View the full forwarded email below:

On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 10:28 AM, William Boyland <supporletterswboylandjr@gmail.com> wrote:

To: Friends and Family of  William F. Boyland Jr.

Re: Letters to the Judge in connection with sentencing

As you know, William F Boyland Jr will be facing sentencing before United States District Judge Sandra Townes. The sentencing is currently scheduled for June 30, 2014. Some of you may be thinking of writing a supportive letter about William to the Judge in an effort to help him receive the lightest possible sentence. The purpose of this memorandum is to advise you of the proper manner of doing this in terms of when and where to send the letters, proper manner of addressing the Judge, and some do’s and don’t’s about content.

The letter (but not the envelope) should be addressed to:

Honorable Sandra L. Townes
United States District Court
Eastern District of New York
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201

The proper manner of addressing the Judge is “Your Honor” or “Dear Judge Townes.” The letter should refer to William F Boyland Jr by name either between the address and the salutation or in the first sentence. The letter should also contain your return address and the date. Generally, the letter should be between one and three pages long.

As to content of the letter, we want to be able to show the Judge the many positive aspects of William character and background. Attached to this Memorandum is a brief outline that you can use to help you with your letter. Of course, it is important that you write your own letter in your own words. You should identify in the letter how you know William and for how long. It might be good to include, from personal experience, a specific and heartwarming example of William’s generous, kind, and/or loving character. A more general letter about a lengthy and positive relationship in which William has been a trustworthy and caring friend or family member is also helpful.

Very important: Please make sure that you DO NOT MAIL YOUR LETTER DIRECTLY TO THE JUDGE — MAIL IT to the ATTORNEYS Quijano and Ennis PC   381 Park Avenue South, Suite 701, New York, NY 10016
(FAX 212.686.8690).

It is also very important that the attorney  receive your letters no later than 4 weeks prior to sentencing so that They can review them.

Thank you all in advance for your help and support to William in this important time.

(  SAMPLE  LETTER )  

Honorable Sandra L. Townes
United States District Court
Eastern District of New York
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Judge Townes

I am writing this letter on behalf of William F Boyland Jr due to be sentenced shortly.  I have known William for a several years.

William has a productive future ahead of her. William has recently organized STOP the Violence Walks which several hundred people marched in from the community.  He has  volunteered at several senior centers and thought computer classes. William needed in the many community centers  as well as the many places he volunteered.  We ask you  please grant him probation or a reduced sentence.  I believe that both society, as well as William, would be better served by the imposition of a period of probation, along with court ordered service to her community; this will better assist her in becoming a more responsible, productive citizen than would any extended period of incarceration.

I was shocked and disappointed in his behavior as he has always been a good person.

Judge Townes, I am respectfully asking mercy of this Court when William F Boyland Jr is sentenced. I pray that you will give heartfelt consideration in making that decision and that you will take into consideration all of the good that William has accomplished in his life; he is a good father as well. Very involved and constantly concerned in his son’s school and education.

Thank you in advance for your time and for your consideration.

Supporters of Convicted Assemblyman Soliciting Letters to Reduce His Sentence