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Monday, November 22, 2021

Maddesyn George Defense Committee: Statement on Sentencing

Maddesyn's family members and supporters in front of the Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse in Spokane after Wednesday's sentencing hearing.

The Campaign to Free Maddesyn George
Date: November 22, 2021

SPOKANE, Washington -- In Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Colville tribal member Maddesyn George was sentenced in federal court to serve 6.5 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and drug possession with intent to distribute.

Maddesyn is a sexual violence survivor who defended herself in July 2020 against a white man named Kristopher Paul Graber who raped and threatened her. The prosecutors in the case, stunning in their commitment to punish Maddesyn for her survival actions, argued that she be sentenced to 17 years behind bars.

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