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I’m writing my first blog with hopes to meet more people. When I first signed up to WriteAPrisoner I had problems with Jpay. Since then my login problems have been resolved. So if you messaged me before and did not get a response, I apologize. I can reassure you it won’t happen again.
I have met people from all around the world and made some strong connections. I look forward to meeting more people because writing letters is a good way to spend my time.
This past month I have spent my days reading, working out, and playing cards. The books I have read are “The Name Of The Wind” and “The Wise Man’s Fear”. I absolutely love the story and hope a 3rd book comes out soon. When I’m not reading in my cell I go outside and workout. Every day I workout very hard, usually focusing on weight-lifting. Lately I have been mixing running with my workouts. I really enjoy running because it helps me burn up energy so I can sleep at night. I hope with diet and exercise I can achieve my goal of having a 6 pack before the year is over.
Thank you for reading and I hope to hear from you soon.
I am down to my “last year finally”! Feb. 19, 2020. It’s been a very long journey, but I’ve stayed strong mentally, gained the tools to be successful when I do get out. I’m not sure exactly where my future leads because no one has looked me up yet lol. But I’ve got plans if worst case, to go back to West Virginia. I need all of the guidance and positivity I can find around me. If anyone got anything useful for me plz hit me up through Jpay.com and email me.
I understand relationships are hard and difficult under these circumstances, but with under a year left I think isn’t that hard. I’m very loyal, attractive and built and skilled in all the right places. I’ve had problems with past relationships because of the amount of time I’ve had. It would be nice to find someone to get out to and start from scratch and build a life, possibly a family with. My crazy days are over. I’m ready to do things different. I don’t do drugs and never will. I’m not much into people who do hard drugs. If you single and open to starting something new, get at me on Jpay. My info is Adam Ruthers – 724397.
I have 11 months from the time I wrote this when contacting me. Please send a picture.
PS Send a prepaid reply with your letter
Pascal Choi #JK8399
September 16th 2018,
Year by year, day by day, I smile but deep down inside I’m far from happy. But I accept my life, my fate and my trials that God has set forward for me. When I understood that this is part of God’s plan it lifted the burden from my conscious and helped me to realize that everything is “Meant to be”, with wisdom and blessings as long as I understood that is all from God. This thought alone is what gave me strength and power within my own self to grow and become the man I am today. I’m not perfect but I’m happy about who I am and who I want to become. I’m excited that soon this will be over, back to life, back to society, back to family and finally back to me!
So year by year, day by day, these hopes and these hobbies and these trials and these miseries are all endured and overcome by the one thought and feeling that “I’m almost there”, “I’m almost home”. I just stay strong, stay positive, stay humble and stay focused. It’s much easier said than done, but outcomes can become much different when you do what’s opposite.
I hope that this touches you as it did for me when I wrote it and that it reaches some of ya’ll hearts to reach for mine so together we can reach forever. I hope to hear from you soon. Write me at the address below or email www.connectnetwork.com.
Travis Cherry #412805
Hey Friend! I’m writing to give you an update on my status/location. I’m no longer in Virginia nor am I in solitary anymore. I’m now at Washington State Prison in population and now you can contact me on JPAY, my DOC# 412805, when you type in my info it’s going to say Interstate Compact and you click on that and sign up on my JPAY because I know people hate writing letters and as I’ve said in my ad, I’m looking forward to hearing from and getting to know you and maybe one day become a friend.
I have 3 years and some change left. I’m willing to correspond with overseas pen pals and I’m open to see what life has to offer in other States or countries if the opportunity presents. Well friends or should I say potential friends, hope to hear from you soon!!
P.S. We also can get Videogram messages and Video visits.
Philemon Ross #1194525
My name is Philemon Ross. I’m seeking legal assistance in pursuit of my freedom. I was convicted of 1st degree murder in 2006. I was sentenced to 38 years in prison. At the time of the crime I was 16 years old and charged as an adult. My then court appointed lawyer – a juvenile and domestic attorney – who never handled a criminal case, let alone a murder charge, was appointed to represent me at trial.
Three witnesses testified that I committed the crime. Two were admitted crackheads who had been using crack prior to the crime. However, none testified that they actually saw me shoot the victim. The star witness who was pregnant at the time and smoking crack, admitted that she lied to police about her whereabouts and knowledge of the crime. She was then charged with frivolous charges and arrested. Her accounts of what happened changed and she agreed to testify against me. The third witness was another 16 year old from my neighborhood who was involved in the crime and fled the scene after the crime took place. Days later after talking to his father who was a correctional officer (at the prison I ended up at a year later) called Crime Stoppers to report his knowledge of the crime, seeking compensation for his knowledge. This young man was never investigated as a suspect in the crime or charged with the crime, as long as he agreed to testify against me.
Despite having an alibi for my whereabouts during the time of the crime, and having people willingly testify on my behalf, my trial lawyer advised me that wouldn’t be the best defense. Despite the murder weapon being found in the possession of my brother, who was a suspect that was wanted in connection with a capital murder and armed robbery that happened 2 months after my incarceration, despite his being willing to testify at my trial, that the murder weapon found in his possession that was used in the crime I was charged with wasn’t mine, that he didn’t get it from me and that I never handled the weapon. My lawyer advised me that that would be the best defense for me but it would hurt my brother who was already charged with capital murder and robbery. She told me if I testified on my behalf that that gun was his and that I never possessed it, he would then be charged with another murder.
Me being a loving brother, not wanting my brother to get in more trouble, went along with the advice of my inexperienced lawyer. I have maintained my innocence for 13 years, I’m now seeking my liberty. I don’t know where to go from here, any and all help will be greatly appreciated.
Michael Slocum #A713-120
From Me To You
Artist – Mario, Song – Let Me Love You.
“A cover never tells the quality of a book, you only learn about it when you open it up and begin reading!”
I’m accustomed to letting the divine things in my life come to me, but I’m stepping outside of my circumference in pursuit of a genuine companionship. Searching for someone loyal, sweet, tender and driven to give me motivation and help guide me towards finding the better part of myself, along with bettering my life. Blessings show up in the oddest places, at inconvenient times, in all kinds of mysterious disguises. It would truly be a blessing if we built a bridge into one another’s world because it would grant me the opportunity to travel to a fruitful land of Milk-n-Honey with you, see if we can build something special and a chance to escape my reality. You never know where great conversations and chemistry might lead you too! One thing for certain if it’s pure, beneficial and makes you smile, why not embrace it and enjoy that feeling? I don’t want to miss out on a pleasant opportunity of meeting someone great and building a solid platform with. If you’re contemplating on giving us a chance, let’s make the most of our acquaintance for whatever it’s worth…
“Loyalty Is More Den Words, It’s A Lifestyle”
Erik Rankin #1506398
I’d like to say thank you to everybody who has reached out to me thus far and has made my incarceration a bit brighter. I always look forward to our daily mail call and hope to see an envelope bearing my name.
If you have tried to write me and I haven’t responded, it is due to the fact that I’ve been promoted to minimum custody and have been transferred to a prison up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Any mail sent to the other facility eventually gets forwarded, however, I’ve seen mail get thrown away or not reach its recipient due to simple negligence on the officer’s part. Unfortunate as it is, it happens a lot in this particular State. I will always respond to anyone and everyone that contacts me and try to build a relationship.
Another problem is that this prison will photocopy only the front of an envelope and affix the letter to that copy. So any addresses written on the back get thrown away. A small annoyance, but a hindrance all the same.
Again I’d like to thank everyone who has wanted to get to know me and for also letting me into their lives as well. Snail mail is a dying art and with your help we can keep it alive.
Casey Fernau #165350
My first blog entry, really I feel selfish talking about myself but I guess you have to be interested to want to talk. I’m going to give a little background and speak freely, hopefully you can get a feel in 250 words or less that is.
So I have lived a fortunate life, I was raised by my mother who is amazing. I was able to travel a lot since she is a travel agent, that is something I still will do. I grew up on a family ranch but I will say I am a good mixture of country and city. I miss everything about life but there are things I will now do differently. I mean I have owned a house, been married, owned my own business, have a beautiful daughter, got divorced, robbed a couple banks and been to prison. Truly that’s a full circle! But I want to have a do-over and skip the last two.
Honestly, I’m a great guy. I made some poor choices but I can’t wait to live life free again and to share it with someone. The trick is I believe I can start that now from where I am. So if you’re still reading this you’re interested and that’s a good thing – hopefully you will take a chance and write, because you never know what may come out of this; a friendship, a confidante, a laugh, who knows…
I said what I could in 250 words, not it’s your turn, until next time.
Mahdi Ali #236437
I want to bring awareness to my story and incarceration. I’m in prison for triple homicide and currently serving three consecutive life sentences for a crime that occurred when I was 16 years old. For the past eight years and some odd months I have been fighting tooth and nail for my freedom.
I’m innocent, my conviction is based off contaminated D.N.A. evidence that has a mixture of the B.C.A. individual that was doing the testing on the D.N.A.
I also have time stamped video alibi of me picking a friend up from work place during the time of the crime. The State withheld this alibi evidence and my trial lawyer failed to discover it. I recently became aware of its existence after almost 9 years due to lack of resources. Keep in mind, I was only 16 and this was way over my head being a kid. My case was very high profile in Minnesota and the State took full advantage of my youth like a low hanging fruit to relieve themselves from the pressure.
I also want to highlight that I’m the only juvenile charged as an adult that’s still serving a sentence that’s equivalent to life without parole in Minnesota. About six years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled on a cruel and unusual punishment case prohibiting convicted juveniles from spending the rest of their lives behind bars. It was a nationwide ruling that gave myself and many others promising hope. Well after all is not promising as it seemed once the District Court denied me a promising outdate and the State Supreme Court upheld their ruling despite the U.S. Supreme Court saying otherwise.
It’s disappointing when you put up a fight and come up short. But it’s very painful and frustrating when your amendment rights get denied. There are many offenders across the nation and State of Minnesota who have been allegedly accused and convicted of similar, lesser and even worse crimes as juveniles. To be the only one denied by the Appellate Court and the Minnesota Supreme Court for some time back is very disheartening and unexplainable.
I have a dream, I have goals and aspirations that I truly believe will make the world a better place. I want to share my story and help save lives. I want to inspire hope and save as many youths as possible by showing them the proper way of developing into fine human beings through my story. Many urban areas in our cities are short of leaderships. Many of our youth slip away as the day goes by and find themselves in tragedy due to lack of leadership or simply leaders lacking the proper skills or just not being relatable enough.
I have 12 rounds of fight ahead of me before I accomplish my goals and aspirations which is why I’m reaching out for your help. Words are powerful and is all I’m left with at this stage of my life. I’m a restless fighter and a voiceless soul. I need a team or army who’s willing to help me fight and will fight for me to regain my freedom.
Nothing great ever accomplished came easy and as difficult as my life has already been, I don’t expect my dream and its journey to be less difficult. But I completely understand that it’s impossible to do it by myself which is why I need your help.
Please help shed light to my story. Help spread the words of my story to family, friends and all close ones. Please respond to my outreach and send encouraging words my way. It will help me sustain my drive.
Thanks truly and sincerely,
Mahdi H. Ali
Patrick Coyne #W108482
There is usually a stigma attached to ex-cons. Some people believe we are selfish, dangerous and cold people. I want to share a compliment I was given in hopes to shed some light on this misconception.
A girlfriend once told me that one of the things she loved about me was that I “love hard”. I was confused and asked if she meant “tough love”. She said “no”, as she laughed and then explained.
“Your love is like a warm wave that never crashes and trickles up shore. You make sure it’s always strong enough to carry me anywhere I go. You kiss me on the forehead to say good morning. I find a love note while you walk your dog. I know you get flustered when I’m indecisive in a crowded grocery store aisle. Just when I’m sure you hate me, I feel your arms wrap around me from behind. I must have looked funny clutching a snack in each hand. You kissed me on the neck and whispered, “I love you!” That’s what it means to love hard”.
I didn’t realize I was doing anything out of the ordinary. I guess after you’ve been deprived of affection for so long, you don’t want to waste a moment. So remember this if you find yourself worrying about the risk of an ex-con. He may be that but he may also “love hard” and be the sweetest and most caring man you’ll ever meet because of it.