LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Petition asks for Shakir Hamoodi's sentence to be commuted

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CDT

Aug. 28 is the one-year anniversary of the incarceration of a righteous man. In May 2012, Shakir Hamoodi, a Columbia resident, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison because he sent money to his brothers and sisters in Iraq more than a decade ago. I have known Shakir Hamoodi for seven years. I spoke with him face-to-face a week or two before he got locked up on Aug. 28, 2012. His main concern was not being able to properly parent his then-13-year-old son; he would not be able to give daily guidance and encouragement during the formidable trials of adolescence.