Pennsylvania lieutenant governor John Fetterman, who is also vying for Sen. Pat Toomey’s (R) seat, has Dennis and Lee Horton, two brothers who were convicted of murder and served a 27-year sentence, working on his campaign.
The Horton brothers and Robert Leaf committed an armed robbery in a Philadelphia bar in 1993. Three people were shot during their raid: Alamo, Luz Archello, and her daughter Luz Martinez. Archello and Martinez survived the shooting and were able to identify the brothers positively. Another witness’ also identified the brothers.
John Fetterman fought to shorten their sentences, claiming, against the evidence, that they were innocent. “The Horton’s were convicted of second-degree murder, three counts of robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy, and possession of an instrument of a crime and sentenced to life in prison. They served 27 years until December 2020, when the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, led by Fetterman, voted unanimously to free them” according to The Blaze.
Dr. Oz Mehmet is John Fetterman’s opponent in the upcoming race and called Fetterman out for his “pro-criminal” policies.
These stories are the devastating consequence of soft-on-crime, pro-criminal policies embraced by Joe Biden and John Fetterman. Failed leadership has made our cities less safe – we need a change.https://t.co/89Om7l6zjI
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) September 1, 2022
Mehmet’s spokesperson Brittany Yanick said;
“John Fetterman consistently puts murderers and other criminals ahead of Pennsylvania communities,” and “John Fetterman’s even trying to hide his record from voters by running TV ads saying he’s tough on crime. His positions – including releasing one-third of inmates onto our streets – says otherwise as does the fact that he hired two convicted murderers on his campaign. If John Fetterman cared about Pennsylvania’s crime problem, he’d prove it by firing the convicted murderers he employs on his campaign,” she added.
As violent crime explodes in Philadelphia, John Fetterman was recorded saying, “We could reduce our prison’s population by 1/3 and not make anyone less safe.”
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) August 23, 2022
Violent crime has skyrocketed since Joe Biden took office in January of 2021.
In big cities in America, including New York and Chicago, crime has increased to the point of making large portions of the city unlivable.
New York recorded a 41% increase in major crime rates in 2022 compared to last year, with a 60% increase in February compared to the previous year’s same month.
In Fetterman’s own state in Philadelphia, total violent crime has gone up 23% since 2018.
As violent crime continues to increase throughout the country, Fetterman’s main priority in the Senate will be to let America’s most hardened criminals out of prison.