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Please sign, Lost in the forest and charged for survival
10 years ago

My fiance, Patrick Courtney, was lost on Labor Day weekend in the forest for 24 hours. He had a warming/signal fire. When he was found he told the investigators everything, where he was, what he had on him, and why he was there. They let him go home. Two days later a plane crashes killing the two people. three months later they arrest him for murder and arson. They state that in the State of California it is illegal to have a signal fire when lost and as a result of this illegal fire this plane crashed so they are charging him with murder. Since, his charges have been downgraded to reckless fire and 2ND degree murder however, it still is not right.... There are links to articles as well as a full recap of the story and final conclusion into the crash from the NTSB on the petitions website. This report concluded pilot error. It has been over two years and he hasn't been to trial yet. We need some support. His case will set a precedent for the State of California. If he is convicted this will mean that no one has the right to survive in the forest.... Please sign my petitions for Patrick! 1. Is so that he will not be given a third strike for being lost in the forest and having a signal, warming fire. 2. This one is so that we may have a better chance in him getting an O/R release. He has already been denied this once and now his bail is set at 2.2 million dollars. I feel this is excessive!

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