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Ghost Canyon

'1275 Days: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Blu-ray / NR / (2019) 2020 / FilmRise - MVD Visual)

Overview: After a botched home invasion, 15-year-old Blake finds himself facing a virtual life prison sentence for felony murder.

With the unwavering support of his single mother and teenage girlfriend, a David-and-Goliath uphill battle ensues in Elkhart, Indiana. They take on the system in hopes of a second chance.

Blu-ray Verdict: In October of 2012, five friends, including 15-year-old Blake Layman, attempted to rob a home. After breaking in they were faced with gunshots; one hitting Blake in the leg and the other hitting his friend Denzel in the chest, ultimately killing him.

While Blake escaped into a closet, the owner phoned 911 to report the crime. When police arrived the boys were arrested and charged with felony murder. Sentenced to 55 years in prison, Blake’s family takes to social media in an attempt to gain support to appeal the case, feeling her son’s prison term was unjust.

Watching along, it's hard to fathom out how it is possible, in this day and age, to be charged with a murder you didn’t commit, while the person who actually pulled the trigger, and who made the call to the police, gets off scott free!

That said, and as we quickly learn, in the state of Indiana, if you are involved in a felony where someone dies, you will be charged with murder.

Indeed, the state’s intense law sends a message to anyone everyone thinking of getting involved in a crime that if there is a death, they will be charged with murder whether they pulled the trigger or not!

As is to be wholly expected, many people from the community support the family’s fight to get the court to appeal the case, but, amazingly, there are also a devote group who think the boys deserve the maximum sentence!

As we peer into the families personal lives, we watch as they begin to slowly break down as they struggle financially to pay their bills, attorney, and take care of Blake’s needs behind bars.

The court eventually appeals the felony murder convictions and the sentence is reduced from 55 years to 45 years, but completely dissatisfied with the results, petitions get filed to have the case transferred to the Supreme Court.

Remarkably, Blake is seen serving his time with no complaints of violence or torture from inmates, but weirdly, he doesn't even seem to be remorseful about the robbery.

He informs us that he feels that he should be charged with breaking and entering at the most, but not murder. As he graduates with his GED behind bars, the family delivers the news that the Supreme Court did indeed overturn the original conviction, leaving him with 10 years to serve.

Not to give too much away here, but Blake’s remaining time also gets reduced due to exceptional behavior and time already served and so, as we continue to watch along, the documentary comes full circle when Blake is eventually released and set free. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Theatrical Trailer
Photo Gallery
Experts on Retroactivity
Deleted Scenes