Justice Restored: The Gary Geinger and Wayne Blanchard Story

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Justice Restored is a true story of two young men who meet one early morning in Albany, New York. Gary Geiger is an amateur athlete who works the night shift at a motel close to New York's state capitol. Wayne Blanchard is a high school drop out, on parole from a robbery of a pizza delivery man back in Syracuse. Wayne and five of his partners decide to rob the motel. They hear that due to tourism, there may be up to $50, 000 in the safe. In the course of the robbery they find only $150 dollars. Thinking they have...
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Overview

Justice Restored is a true story of two young men who meet one early morning in Albany, New York. Gary Geiger is an amateur athlete who works the night shift at a motel close to New York's state capitol. Wayne Blanchard is a high school drop out, on parole from a robbery of a pizza delivery man back in Syracuse. Wayne and five of his partners decide to rob the motel. They hear that due to tourism, there may be up to $50, 000 in the safe. In the course of the robbery they find only $150 dollars. Thinking they have knocked Gary out, the gang splits. Wayne takes a final look in and sees Gary running to a door. Is he going to pull an alarm? Wayne shoots, turns and runs to the getaway car.

Gary is seriously wounded. After leaving the state, Wayne is finally apprehended and tried. Based on Gary's testimony, Wayne is convicted and sentenced to twelve and one half to twenty-five years in prison.

Gary suffers post-traumatic stress for years and feels the only way he can finally recover is to meet with Wayne in the correctional facility. Dr. Thomas Christian from the New York State Unified Court System prepares Gary and Wayne to have a victim and offender mediation. Home Box Office hears about the meeting and receives permission from all parties to film the encounter. After airing internationally, the program is nominated for an Ace award.

Gary is relieved and has his questions answered and finds closure. He forgives Wayne and encourages him to change his lifestyle. Wayne takes responsibility for his behavior and is accountable to Gary for his actions.

Gary now not only survives from the trauma but thrives on it as he speaks to many schools, and community and victims groups using the HBO video of the mediation as a teaching tool.

After serving twelve and on half years (the minimum sentence), Wayne was up for parole consideration. Gary recommends Wayne get a second chance. While out on parole, Wayne witnesses a drive by shooting and recognizes the perpetrators. He comes to Gary and Dr. Christian to seek their advice. Should he turn the people in and be labeled a "snitch" or stand up for his community and testify against them. Wayne decides to repay Gary and the community for his past crime and comes forward and testifies. Two more predators are taken off the streets. Truly, a sense of justice is now restored for both Gary Geiger and Wayne Blanchard.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592991525
  • Publisher: First Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

    Justice Restored!

    Justice Restored is a must read for anyone who has been a victim of violence or a victim of life, we very rarely hear about what happens to victims after the incident, this book depicts that in detail, it can possibly bring victims to their own resolution and healing, it also explains why the recidivism rate is so high among offenders, and gives the reader a different viewpoint regarding our criminal justice system, it's an easy read and very compelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    Must Read!

    This book should be in every juvenile and adult prison, it graphically depicts what victims go through after the crime and gives victims options for healing, it also gives the reader another way of looking at our current system, easy to read and hard to put down.

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