Campaigners are appealing for clemency for an Alabama father who shot and killed the man who sexually abused his daughter when she was just a child.
Last November, Jay Maynor, 43, pleaded guilty to shooting and killing 59-year-old Raymond Earl Brooks in June 2014.
He took the decision partly in order to stop his daughter having to relive her abuse experience before the court. Maynor, from the city of Cullman, was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Now, a campaign has been started by his friends and family, urging President Barack Obama and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to intervene.
“Jay Maynor has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his daughter’s rapist,” says a petition posted on Change.org, which has been signed by around 8,000 people.
“Jay is not a threat to society. He is a good man. We would like to see him set free or at minimum a lesser sentence.”