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Ky’s Hearing Update

On February 21st, Ky was pulled out of his dorm and told to pack up his property.  Prison Security removed Ky from his dorm and placed him in solitary confinement. The next morning, he was called to his counselor’s office. She told Ky that the  DA on his case has requested Ky be transferred to the county jail for a hearing on March 15th and that his status was “Pending Release”.

We believed this to be very hopeful and positive information. “Pending Release” in MOST cases,, means that you are going home.   Over the next few weeks, we did all that we could to confirm this information. We also went into overdrive and did all that we could to prepare for the possibility of Ky coming home. If Ky was being moved to a county facility, I would be allowed to visit him for the first time in 3 years. If he was being released, I would need to make sure he had clothes, personal items, shoes, etc. We started a short fundraiser to help cover travel costs so that I could see Ky, document the hearing, and possibly bring him home.   I was the hopeful Idealist…. The Dreamer…    During this time, Ky sat in solitary, feeling very uneasy about the entire situation.

Ky is the realist and has become very accustomed to being screwed over by the state. During the 20+ days, Ky sat in solitary feeling very uneasy about the entire situation. We had very limited communication,  just a few phone calls and emails.  My hopes were up and he was insisting that I keep calling the county courts to find out what was going on.  I called repeatedly, and every time, they told me that Ky’s name was not on the calendar. Nearly every person I spoke to seemed to think he was being released.

On Tuesday, March 14th, I loaded up my car with our luggage and stopped to pick up my friend who would be joining me for the trip.  Shortly after arriving at my friend’s house, I got a call.  One of our support team had finally managed to get in touch with the DA’s office.  The hearing was postponed until March 22st and it was to “correct a clerical error” in Ky’s sentencing. Ky would not be coming home.  My heart dropped, I drove home and unpacked Ky’s think, then I cried for days.

The following Tuesday, I packed my bags, picked up my traveling buddy, started our journey for the second time.  This time, I was going with the hopes of seeing Ky for the first time in almost 3 years. I was hopeful because if the state is resentencing Ky and giving him the correct time for his Involuntary Manslaughter Plea, he would be able to re-apply for parole, and probably be released within a year.   Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.  See the video to find out what happened on the day of the hearing.


As devastating as the hearing was, there were some silver linings to the visit.  Ky was given basically unlimited access to the phone in the county facility. While spending time with family and loved ones,  Ky was able to talk to his brother and sister, for the first time in many years. We were also able to document nearly everything.  The trip brought us closer to Ky and his family, and for that, we are eternally thankful.

About Ky peterson

Kyle (Ky) Peterson is a vibrant, intelligent, and uncommonly kind human being. He’s a hard worker, with a genuinely loving nature, and a passion for promoting Human Rights and Transgender Equality. His life was forever changed in 2011 when he fell victim to, not only a violent attacker, but also the “American Justice System”.

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