Meet James Ashby, or as his family calls him, Adam. Adam is a decorated Navy Veteran, former Police Officer, and loving father, son, uncle, and brother. He has devoted his life to public service on the national stage serving overseas and in local communities. Adam has a very interesting story to tell you. While the pictures above show a very happy man enjoying time with his beautiful daughters and enjoying his favorite hobbies, things have changed...
Adam now sits in a prison serving a term of 16 years. He was wrongly convicted of second-degree murder for actions he took in self-defense as an on-duty police officer in a small town in Colorado. The incident took place only months after the events and riots of Ferguson, Missouri. Adam was only the second on-duty police officer to be convicted of murder in the state of Colorado. From then until now, we have fought for his innocence through the courts and have been denied justice repeatedly.
Throughout the trial and subsequent court proceedings, the courts and the media portrayed Adam as a marauding criminal with anger problems. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead of getting in front of every news camera and media outlet to correct the record, Adam’s family and friends decided to keep silent and let the legal system play its course. They now regret that decision. The system that Adam devoted his whole life to protecting, has failed him.
To set the record straight, here is the Adam we know, love, and miss. Adam was a highly decorated and esteemed Police Officer that served in several communities. He was regarded by his previous employers as one of the most ethically sound and expertly trained Officers on the force. He was awarded the 2010 Officer of the Year, Distinguished Life Saver Award (pictured above) in addition to several other life-saving awards. He was qualified as an Advanced SWAT Sniper, and was trained in several disciplines including field craft, tactical environments, surveillance and Krav Maga. He was also an instructor in the disciplines of hand to hand combat, trauma medic, and use of force.
Even after being charged with murder, Adam exemplified courage as he continued with his community service commitments and outreach programs. He was the leader of a dirt bike charity through his church that was instrumental in providing mentorship to young men of the community.
While currently incarcerated, Adam has found other ways to help people in need. He has been creating artwork through his prison for an organization called "Wheels for the World" that provides impoverished children with bikes for Christmas. He also trains professional service dogs for the disabled. He has trained 7 dogs, 6 of which are working with War Veterans, diabetic and epileptic children, and others with various disabilities.
Adam was raised in a family of public servants. Several members of his family were in the Military and/or Law Enforcement. His family was a Foster Family for the state of Colorado. Throughout his childhood, his family took in hundreds of children and helped them in time of need. Adam, being the oldest, left a lasting impact on numerous children who called him their brother. His father was a life-long counselor that provided guidance and therapy to at risk youth and adult prisoners.
The circumstances that led to Adam’s conviction are very shocking and present possible legal ramifications affecting the safety and effectiveness of law enforcement nationwide. The highest courts in Colorado denied his appeal while arguing some of the same anti-police rhetoric spread by the media. They went even further by making arguments that directly contradict law enforcement training and protocols. To learn more about the details surrounding his wrongful conviction, please visit the Facebook page and/or website listed below.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about Adam’s story. We hope that you could find it in your heart to donate, however small or big, to help bring Adam home. The proceeds of this campaign will be used to pay for the overwhelming legal fees associated with his case.Adam’s daughters, family, pets, and hobbies anxiously await his return. Thank you.