In 2006, Chris Young was convicted of murdering store owner Hasmukh Patel. The 21-year-old was sentenced to death. Now 34 years old, Young is scheduled to be executed in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, July 17th.
Mitesh Patel, the son of Hasmukh, is now fighting for Chris Young’s life to be spared. For the last few months, he’s been preparing to ask the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and ultimately Texas Governor Greg Abbott, to grant Young clemency. But why is Patel trying to save the life of the man who killed his father?
Patel says two wrongs don’t make a right. He believes executing Young wouldn’t solve anything or take away his family’s pain. Patel knows what it feels like to lose a father, and he doesn’t want Young’s daughter Crishelle to have to experience what he did. Patel truly believes that Young has changed and wants to be a force for good.
If The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles sides with Patel, it will recommend that Governor Abbott grant Young clemency, and the decision is placed in Abbott’s hands. The board will make its decision by Friday.