Cornelius Berry – 15 Years for Cannabis

Name: Cornelius Lynn Berry, Reg. #26251-078
DOB: March 31, 1976
Race: Black
Raised: Tyler, Texas
Tried:  Eastern District of Texas
Will live: Desoto, Texas
Charges: 21 USC 846-Conspiracy to Possess & Distribute Marijuana.
Trial or plea: Guilty Plea
Sentenced on: January 11, 2017
Served: 6 years.
Priors: Yes, for marijuana.
Prison Conduct: Exemplary.
Clemency status:  Pending Case #C299208
Release date: July 21, 2029.
Institution: FCI El Ren

Supporters: Family, Friends, CAN-DO Foundation, Freedom Grow

 According to Cornelius: I am a nonviolent offender who has made some poor choices of judgment.  I deeply regret my involvement in the distribution of marijuana, and I should have never involved myself in this activity.  I am seeking Clemency, and Mercy for the irrational decision I made, and have been convicted of on 1/11/17 that have led me here today with 188 months confinement!! I also want to reclaim my life as a son, Father, Husband, and Law-Abiding Productive Citizen in the community as well! As I contemplate on the choices I made, I was very selfish and I’m truly remorseful by my actions. Not only have those choices affected me, it also affected my loving, and caring family as well!! I left behind a beautiful fiancé, daughter and handsome son that desperately need me, and are waiting patiently for us to reunite.  Me growing up in a fatherless home, I never wanted my kids to experience what I went through without having a father in their life.  I really feel that I have let them down, and it hurts deep down inside not being able to attend or support them at daughter & dad dances, soccer & basketball games, gymnastics etc.  Prior to my incarceration I have always been there and been active in my children’s life.  Losing my mother this year, a loss so difficult I am still in the process of healing.  I have caused my family so much pain and suffering being gone for all these years.  All I want to do is right the wrong I have done in the past, and reunite with my loving family, and provide them with an atmosphere of love and security.  My past does not define the person that I am!  I’m a God fearing respectful and humble young man with a big heart.  I know that I have made some bad choices in my life that I truly regret.  I am not a violent or bad person.  I have matured and have a different view on life.  Over the last 6 years of contemplating, I ask myself over and over why I made the choices that I did.  (Greed) I’m just ready for this season of my life to be over with.  It is my hope that President Biden will find me worthy of his mercy and grace and provide me with this second chance to reclaim my life and be the father and husband I was meant to be.  I ask most humbly, please grant my clemency request.

Amy Ralston Povah is a clemency recipient under President Clinton, an award winning filmmaker, and founder of the CAN-DO Foundation.