Above Photo: Anne Bryant, sister of Jonathan Lowe, displays photos of him in his days as a Marine.
In one of the worst miscarriages of justice ever, a Philadelphia judge found a man guilty of killing a man who struck him with a metal pole, knocked him to the ground and was attempting to strangle him in the commission of a robbery. The victim is now facing up to 12.5 to 25 years in prison for the crime of defending himself.
It all started when Jonathan Lowe, 57, a retired marine who had recently survived a heart attack and multiple strokes, was returning home from dinner with a friend. As Lowe was walking home, he was attack by 3 thugs. Although Lowe attempted to get away, they followed him and one of the assailants, Loren Manning, age 51, hit Lowe with a metal pole, knocking him to the ground and then proceeded to choke him. With Manning’s hands around his neck and strangling him, Lowe managed to retrieve a pocket knife and started stabbing Manning. Manning died. Lowe was charged with unlawfully killing him and the judge rejected legitimate self-defense as a defense.
Lowe was not a career criminal. Although he had a rough life, he joined the Marines in 1976 and was honorably discharged in 1982. At one time, Lowe had drug problems but they were long behind him.
Lowe was just a law abiding citizen minding his own business when he was violently attacked. For the crime of defending himself, he may very well spend the rest of his life in prison.
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