Sunday, July 30, 2006

hi my name is paul. i have known sammy along time since we were in highschool together.
we hung out alot during schoool & after we graduated. i have given a statement to be reviewd by the govenor to try & help sammy's case be commuted please do what you can to help . come to the rally & send as many letters & emails to the govenor that you can. thanks

Saturday, July 29, 2006

FRIENDS AND FAMILY RALLY IN SUPPORT OF
CLEMENCY FOR SAMMY FLIPPEN

ST. ANNE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

2690 FAIRLAWN DR.

WINSTON SALEM, NC

MONDAY JULY 31, 2006

7:00 P.M.

See link to the right for more information.
Life is but a precious gift that no one but God has the right to remove. We should rightfully take care of our own but have no right to decide others fate.
I would ask that all pray for God's intervention in this matter and leave judgment to him and him alone. Evil that lives in the heart will only serve to make you sad and cause much unhappiness and unrest within yourself!
Is there not enough suffering and pain spent living in a place on earth that we would all call Hell (Prison)? I ask all to let our maker make the decision ----- none of us know when one day we might be falsely accused or judged by others. Only God knows the truth!
I will pray daily for Rita, family and Sammy.

God bless,
Jill C.
Hi. I went to school with Sammy. I was friends with him then, and also remained friends with him after we graduated. I attended the trial. I do not feel he is guilty, however even if he was, the crime does not met the NC guidelines for the death penalty. NC law requires premeditation before the death penalty can be imposed. Premeditation has never been established. I hope everyone who knows him will write AND call the Governor to express an opinion about this case. Politicians listen to voters. Let the Governor know where you stand. Thank you.

Bobbi Jo

Hi my name is Shannon and I knew Sammy a long time ago. He has still remained to this day my Mom’s “favorite.” I wrote a blog to help contribute, I don’t know if you will post it or not since my family has not been directly involved. Sammy has been in our thoughts and prayers for years. My mother had a special attachment to Sammy and has shared her interest for years in visiting or sending him letters. She just didn’t know how to got about it. She is fighting her own struggle with Multiple Sclerosis and can hardly write and can’t drive anymore. She has had access to the internet and has kept a very close watch on Sammy’s case. This is so painful for her. She feels, as we all do for the loss of a little child, but we have always believed in Sammy. His smile and positive attitude were contagious. I have forwarded the blog site to all of my friends and family, and asked that they spread the site. They all remember Sammy as being the handsome, kind, and loving one, and we are all just sickened by the sentence that may be carried out. One child gone is enough, healing is through forgiveness in our hearts, not through talking another life. Please let me know if there is anything that we can do.

Sincerely,

Shannon

Thursday, July 27, 2006

FRIENDS AND FAMILY RALLY IN SUPPORT OF
CLEMENCY FOR SAMMY FLIPPEN

ST. ANNE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

2690 FAIRLAWN DR.

WINSTON SALEM, NC

MONDAY JULY 31, 2006

7:00 P.M.

Representatives of death row inmate Samuel “Sammy” Flippen’s legal team and Jill Wilkes, a life-long friend of Sammy’s, will address a rally of supporters calling on Governor Easley to grant clemency and stop Mr. Flippen’s August 18, 2006 scheduled execution. Ms. Wilkes states that “the death of Britnie was a tragic loss, which Sammy continues to mourn. The death, however, was not the type of premeditated murder that calls for the death penalty. This is a case that calls out for clemency.” Sammy has no history of prior charges or convictions, and no history of prior violence. He grew up in Forsyth County and graduated from Gospel Light Christian School in 1987.

No Justice in Flippen Execution

On August 18, 2006, the State plans to execute Samuel “Sammy” Flippen. Sammy Flippen faces execution for the 1994 death of his two-year old step-daughter, Britnie Hutton. The death of Britnie was not a premeditated killing that calls for the death penalty. Sammy was 25 years old when he married Britnie’s mother, Tina. On the day of Britnie’s death, Sammy made an emergency call to 911 seeking medical attention for Britnie. Tragically, Britnie later died of serious injuries. Sammy’s 911 call is strong evidence that Sammy never had the intention of harming his step-daughter. In addition, there was no history of Sammy ever injuring Britnie. Indeed, the State recognized that justice did not require that this be viewed as a premeditated death, and offered a plea to second degree murder.

Family, friends, community members, and even the father of the victim in this case, believe that although the death penalty may be justified in some cases, Sammy’s sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment because of his character and lack of a violent history. In a system where the death penalty is reserved for the most heinous offenders, Sammy Flippen’s execution would undermine any remaining confidence in the way North Carolina administers the death penalty.

Before being sent to death row, Sammy had never been charged or convicted of any crime. He was devoted to his school and church, and was known as an upstanding and contributing member of his community. Sammy was raised in the Gospel Light Baptist Church and graduated from Gospel Light Christian School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was very active in his Church Youth Group and their community service efforts. After graduating, Sammy worked and remained active in his church. Teachers, classmates, and others consider Sammy to be a respectful man who always tried to do the right thing.

Even Britnie’s father does not believe that justice would be served by executing Sammy. He still thinks about his daughter’s death every day. During the trial, he got to know Sammy’s mother and father well. He says he knows how terrible it is to lose a child and does not want Sammy’s parents to suffer in the same way. He has said that the State of North Carolina does not need to execute Sam Flippen for justice to be served.

A mental health evaluation has shown that Sammy poses no risk of violence; indeed, Sammy’s risk of violence is not only less than the inmate population, but is less than that of the general population. This is not surprising given that Sammy has no history of substance abuse, mental health disorders, or criminal convictions.

The death of Britnie was a tragic loss, which Sammy continues to mourn. The death, however, was not the type of premeditated murder that calls for the death penalty. This is a case that calls out for clemency.


Hi, my name is Joel. I met Sammy right after I graduated from high school in the late '80's. That's Sammy in the picture above. I had taken a job at a local store and Sammy was the one in charge of training me. Sammy and I became best of friends almost as soon as we met. From spending so much time together working we discovered we had a lot in common and started hanging out. As our friendship got stronger, I learned that Sammy was one of the nicest guys I had ever met. Sammy wasn't the type to get angry and he just really cared a lot about his friends. I remember one time Sammy and I went fishing and he asked me to drive his truck home when we were done so he could ride back with his girlfriend. Sammy had just bought a new Chevy S10, and since he was a good ol' country boy, his pickup truck was special to him. As I was driving Sammy's truck home, I went to change the CD in the radio, and I jumped the curb and hit a telephone pole and wrecked his new truck. I remember I was so scared to tell Sammy that I wrecked his new truck. But when I told him, Sammy wasn't angry about the truck. Instead the first thing he did was ask me if I was okay and safe. Sammy never asked me for any money to help pay for the towing or the the damage on the truck. Actually, Sammy never brought the subject up again. I couldn't imagine that someone wouldn't be angry with me that I wrecked their brand new truck, but Sammy wasn't angry. He just wanted to make sure I was okay. That's the type of guy Sammy was: he cared a lot about his friends and would do anything for them.

Please check out the rest of this website to help us help Sammy. Remember to tell everyone you know about this website so that we can help our friend. Thanks.

Monday, July 24, 2006



Hello, my name is Jill Wilkes and welcome to my site about Samuel Flippen. Sammy is a close and dear friend of mine. I have known Sammy since we were kids because we went to the same high school and church for many years together. I can remember us sitting and talking together on church youth outings and I remember what a joyful, funny person he was in high school. Everybody loved Sammy!

Yes, that was a long time ago, but Sammy is still that same person. I know because I have been visiting him in prison for the last 10 years. I am hosting this blog because I want to share with people what an amazing person it takes to not let 12 years of prison change him into a cold and bitter person. He is still a peaceful, funny, NORMAL guy. He IS NOT a danger to society and he DOES NOT have a violent personality which he has demonstrated by years of good behavior in prison. SAMMY DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE PUT TO DEATH!!!

Sammy is a morally good person who I love and respect very much. If there's any one thing you take from my statement, I want it to be this...that someone is standing up for Sammy and saying that he is not the horrible, evil, monster that he has been portrayed. He is a sweet, lovable, loyal, GOOD person!!! He is MY friend and I am HIS friend! To all those who loved and knew Britnie, I want to say that Sammy and all his friends and family mourn with you. Yes, Sammy, too, mourns over the loss of Britnie. Sammy loved her very much!

The picture above is of Sammy and me at the Gospel Light Prom when we were in high school. Sammy asked me to go to the Prom with him at one of our Youth Group Activities at Gospel Light. When Sammy and I went to the prom together, we went with two other friends ours from school. Sammy was a perfect gentleman and held the doors open for me and pulled out my chair at the dinner table. We had a great time.

Please pass the address to this blog around. I want the world to know about this story so we can SAVE SAMMY!!!

Meet Sammy Flippen. Sammy is 36 years old and has been on death row for 12 years. He is scheduled to be executed by the state of North Carolina on August 18th. You can help to save Sammy!

Samuel Flippen was born to Carl & Rita Flippen in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He grew up attending Gospel Light Christian School and was active in the youth group at Gospel Light Baptist Church. Sam has two older sisters and a younger brother.

In 1995, Sammy was convicted of killing his stepdaughter. Before his conviction, Sammy never had any criminal history. Sammy's friends and family never saw Sammy have a violent temper and even a psychologist who performed an evaluation of him said that Sammy was a non-violent person who was not a danger to scoiety and was actually safer than the average person walking down the street.

Help stop North Carolina from executing Sammy Flippen! For more information, or to see how you can help, please contact savesammy@gmail.com.
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