August 6, 2011 9:28:00 PM
After reading the recent comments in The Commercial Dispatch regarding District Attorney Forrest Allgood (Forrest Allgood responds, July 26, 2011, Voice of the people), I couldn''t refrain from weighing in with my experiences.
I am not here to make any inaccurate or false accusations. I am here however to straighten out a few half truths presented by Mr. Allgood and present the facts. Half truths, I believe, are lies.
Mr. Allgood contributed to me spending six years -- most of it my childhood -- fighting for my life and my freedom. Mr. Allgood made several arguments in an attempt to defend himself regarding my case and a few others. The only case I am familiar with is my own, therefore, I will not speak about the other cases that were mentioned as I do not know the facts of those cases.
The first thing that is a half truth in what Mr. Allgood stated is that he had nothing to do with me being charged as an adult, rather I was charged as an adult because that is what Mississippi law mandates. This is not entirely true. The law does mandate that the Circuit Court have original jurisdiction.
However, the law also states that the Circuit Court may make the determination that the case be transferred back to Youth Court unless Youth Court had original jurisdiction and then transferred such a case to Circuit Court previously.
What that breaks down to is this: My case was sent to Circuit Court originally as it should have been, though at any time the presiding judge (Jim Kitchens) could have handed my case back down to Youth Court OR the State (Mr. Allgood representing) could have filed a motion to have my case transferred to Youth Court. Neither of those things ever occurred. As a matter of fact, my attorneys filed several motions to have my case transferred down to Youth Court, none of which were granted, and ALL of which were strongly opposed by Mr. Allgood.
My second issue with Mr. Allgood is his blaming me for the "two shooter" theory. Yes, the original theory came out of my mouth. That theory came out of my scared, 13-year-old mouth. However, three days later, I went back and told the sheriff what had really happened, and that the "two shooter" thing was not true.
Mr. Allgood and his crew chose to believe the prior statement I made, and ran free with that theory knowing very well that the Supreme Court had stated previously that any statement made by a juvenile should be weighed carefully and subjectively.
Mr. Allgood chose to put Dr. Steven Hayne on the stand. If Mr. Allgood had nothing to do with the presentation of that theory, and did not believe in the science of that theory, why did he insist that Dr. Hayne was qualified to make such a scientifically unfounded assessment and furthermore, why did he not put a stop to the "quakspertise" as the Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Diaz called it? If Mr. Allgood''s interests truly lie in justice, he would have.
In any event, Mr. Allgood states that he asked "whether or not Tyler Edmonds'' version of the facts as given in his confession was consistent with the doctor''s findings." At no point do I ever recall Dr. Steven Hayne to be qualified in any way as a crime scene expert. Dr. Hayne''s qualifications as a pathologist are to the extent that he may determine a medical cause of death, not that he may observe a crime scene and establish a hypothesis as to how a crime was actually committed. Mr. Allgood''s relying on Dr. Hayne for anything other than determining a cause of death and how death physically, biologically occurred within a body is down right negligent, and the Mississippi Supreme Court agreed.
Mr. Allgood wants convictions no matter how hollow the "justice" he seeks may be. Mr. Allgood is a GREAT prosecutor, and he is great at getting convictions. But at what cost? Because Mr. Allgood is quick to rush to judgment and is more focused on numbers -- crime victims'' families suffer, justice suffers, and because of him directly, new victims are created in the process.
Wake up Mississippi. Anyone who has had as many death row and life sentences overturned as Mr. Allgood has is obviously not doing something right.
The Mississippi Supreme Court doesn''t overturn convictions for the fun of it.
Take my case for instance. Mr. Allgood DIRECTLY contributed to my wrongful conviction. Because HE didn''t dot his I''s and cross his T''s, not only did the victims have to suffer once or twice, they had to relive the pain THREE times. And when you factor in how this affected myself and my family, that''s a mighty high price to pay just because Mr. Allgood wants to defer his responsibility onto others, his assistant district attorneys included.
The job of the district attorney is a heavy burden for any man to carry, and it''s also the most unique legal position of any lawyer out there practicing. It is the responsibility of Mr. Allgood as the district attorney to represent the people of his district. Not just the victim and the community, but the person charged with a crime as well. It is his responsibility to ensure that he presents all of the facts, and only the facts, in a way that is not overly prejudicial to either side of the case. He is in a position where he is to present factual information and evidence, and let that evidence speak for itself.
The fact that Mr. Allgood knowingly presented scientifically unfounded -- fabricated -- evidence in my case alone demonstrates his inability to carry out his duties as he should.
Some may argue that the buck stops with the presiding judge as it is his responsibility to ensure that charged persons are to receive a fair trial. While this may be true, this in no way excuses Mr. Allgood or any other prosecutor from misconduct, albeit legal or ethical.
I ask if I were to steal an item from a store and my parents knowingly did nothing about it, does that then make it OK for me to steal? Clearly not, and the same goes for Mr. Allgood''s legal practices. Because the presiding judge may not say anything does not mean that Mr. Allgood''s duty to present truthfully and fairly has been relieved.
It''s time for a change, people. Mr. Allgood is human, and God bless him, he is allowed to make a few small mistakes along the way just as we all are. However, once, twice, thrice, FOUR times .... come on. Mr. Allgood, it''s time for you to go. It''s time to get someone in there who does the job the right way the FIRST time, and someone who doesn''t make death row mistakes. This isn''t just politics; these are people''s lives.
In the words of Mr. Allgood "It''s political season in Mississippi," the gates of hell are opened wide and the devil himself has risen. When you go to vote on Tuesday, make sure you consider the facts. The source is irrelevant.
Tyler Edmonds, previously of Starkville, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2004, at the age of 13, for the shooting death of his half-sister Kristi Fulgham''s husband, Joey Fulgham. He was acquitted in 2008 and currently lives in Yuma, Ariz.
jposborn commented at 8/6/2011 11:14:00 PM:
Tyler Edmonds was saved from a living death sentence in a Mississippi prison by the correct actions of the Mississippi Supreme Court in reversing his conviction and demanding a new trial. At that trial the utterly ridiculous evidence allowed in the previous trial by Judge Jim Kitchens was disallowed and Tyler was found not guilty.
Forest Allgood led the charge to have this 13 year old child tried as an adult. For that single act, alone, this man should never be allowed to serve in any public capacity for the remainder of his life. Forest Allgood, as clearly demonstrated by his response to the original editorial comment, will try to put a favorable spin on anything he does. The man is a dangerous individual who finds it far more important to have an appearance of being "tough on crime" than to make sure he is putting the right defendant on trial, even when the defendant is a 13 year old child.
Do not let Allgood's spin fool you. He is a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to destroy someone's life, regardless of guilt or innocence. Tyler Edmond's case should be a graphic example to the entire area Allgood is supposed to serve; he will present clearly unfounded evidence, he will abuse the rights of even young children, he will destroy anyone's life (even a young child) and it matters little whether the defendant is clearly innocent of the crime. Using his former employee, Jim Kitchens, as a second seat prosecutor instead of a judge, Allgood thought he could convict Tyler regardless of the evidence. Thank God for the MS Supreme Court.
. . . it's all about spin, politics and the appearance of the DA's office . . and NOTHING about true justice with Forest Allgood.
sassy commented at 8/7/2011 6:37:00 AM:
There's no way the young man wrote this letter. It smells of Jim Waide.
He also does not say he is innocent in the letter. He knows he took part in the murder---whether co-erced by his sister or not--why does he believe that he should have been charged in youth court when he was charged with murder? For someone that wants to move on with his life, he sure is relishing in dragging the case back up and making sure no one forgets who he is. I'm willing to bet the Fulgham family wishes he would keep quiet so they never have to hear his name again.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/7/2011 7:06:00 AM:
sassy, you must be short on brains or something.
If I were Tyler, I'd devote a considerable portion of my remaining life to running Forrest off the highway of life as often as I could if his letter if true.
There was never any question as to him taking part in the murder...but he isn't the mastermind, and was probably played the fool.
Tyler: I hope you get to read this. I hope you have the good sense to take your freedom and get out of this moron of a state... please don't come back here. And I hope you continue to press on to hold the fools who mis-managed your case, trial, and life accountable. That is to say I hope you rip them a new one.
I wish you the best of luck, but please boy, don't waste your freedom or your time coming back to this pathetic state. Go see the world...there is nothing to see here.
splais commented at 8/7/2011 10:31:00 AM:
Sassy, The young man lives with me and I can tell you for a fact, he wrote the entire letter himself without input from anyone. His response was measured and factual contrary to the pack of half truths and self gratify comments from Forrest Allgood. The rest of your comments don't deserve comment. Just look at Mr. Allgood's recent record of reversals. I would venture to say it's the highest of any current DA, look at the lives ruined. Tyler is just trying to get on with his life; but he will and always will, stand up for himself. Hoefully the people of Miss will realize it's time for a change.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/7/2011 3:59:00 PM:
Splais, I wouldn't bet on the change thing. It seems if it were possible it would have happened by now.
Like I said before, people here are like cows: they follow the swishing tail in front of them, get all their information from other cows, and make up the rest to keep the herd from going into stampede.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/8/2011 6:58:00 AM:
Splais: do us a favor. Find out when the letter was written, and when was it mailed. Please post that info here.
splais commented at 8/8/2011 8:49:00 AM:
Tyler wrote the letter last week shortly after he read Mr. Allgood's comments.
gogetum commented at 8/8/2011 9:36:00 AM:
Yeah, right! And gold has been discovered in the gulf and it's washing by the tons onto the shores of Biloxi. Ever heard of a "ghost writer"?
birney commented at 8/8/2011 10:11:00 AM:
Birney Imes responds: Before publishing this letter I had a long phone conversation with Tyler Edmonds during which we discussed his letter in detail. While I can't say he wrote every word of the letter (no more than I can say that about any letter submitted), I can say he was conversant about every aspect of it and that it reflected his sentiments. He was impressive. Later I spoke with Jim Waide, whose comments confirmed my assumption that Edmonds wrote the letter.
tyleredmonds commented at 8/8/2011 11:05:00 AM:
Please rest assured that I did, in fact, write that letter. I suppose that 22 year olds aren't meant to be educated enough to write or speak for themselves?
You pay for tuition, buy us books, send us to school, and assume we eat the teachers rather than learn. I apologize if my writing surpassed anyone's expectations. I can only laugh.
mrhooch commented at 8/8/2011 11:16:00 AM:
Tyler, I can only imagine what it must have been like, but as someone whose life has been directly affected by Mr. Allgood's buffoonery I sympathize with you and those involved on both sides of your case.
My mother is Jan Morgan of Boardtown Bikes, who was run over not once, but twice, and Mr. Allgood insists that "the letter of the law" does not allow him to press charges against this woman after she was witnessed exiting her vehicle after the initial impact, viewing my mother unconscious and severely wounded on the ground in front of her car, re-entered the vehicle and drove over her (head) a second time.
Mr. Allgood is reckless and unqualified for his position, and the taxpayers are paying him almost $100k/yr to play games with flimsy theories (bite mark testimony, anyone?) and wrongfully sentence people (more than one of whom were 18 years or younger) to death. Even after some of the prosecuted have been exonerated he pushes for the death penalty. Don't believe me? Click the link:
tyleredmonds commented at 8/8/2011 12:09:00 PM:
Mrhooch, I completely agree. Mr.Allgood does what he thinks is most favorable to his disposition. When I wrote my letter, it was not in an attempt to defend myself, it was in an attempt to demonstrate - not with accusations, but with facts - that he presents only what is favorable to himself. If you're going to open your mouth and try to do a tell-all, then by all means do a tell ALL. Not just what supports your own disposition. I'd originally attached the applicable Mississippi Codes that state what the letter of the law says regarding my being tried as an adult so people could see that it he was not telling the whole truth. For reasons unknown to me, it was not included in the printing of this.
I digress. Momma always said you cant fix stupid....I guess she was right.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/8/2011 3:28:00 PM:
Mr. Imes, when did the Dispatch receive the letter?
And why wasn't this attachment printed?
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/8/2011 3:34:00 PM:
Tyler, you have to remember THESE people here aren't real big on truths...oh jeez, look who I'm telling!!!
Good luck to ya dude!!
tyleredmonds commented at 8/8/2011 3:58:00 PM:
Roscoe, they got the letter on the 29th or the 30th...Mr. Imes called me on the 30th to discuss it.
mbirdsong commented at 8/8/2011 5:50:00 PM:
Who gives a crap WHO wrote the letter? You're missing the point! This was a CHILD... Do you hear me? A CHILD! He was railroaded by an over zealous DA. It's all about numbers and they don't give a damn if your guilty or innocent. They want a WIN. Starkville, Ms. is a scary place.The corruption in that town is astounding. You have a hospital that is filled with idiots. If you are really sick I would recommend that you go anywhere but THERE. Then you've got their Department of human services.. Boy that's a good one. If I hadn't seen the corruption with my own eyes I would never have believed it... The corruption in that town goes from the lawyers to the Judges to the Police Dept./Sheriff Dept.- The Department of human services and That pitiful Hospital. Sad to say that nothing is going to change in Starkville until there is someone willing to hold them accountable. It's sad to say but They have the Attorney General covering their behinds. That must be a requirement for the job? Back to Tyler, I APPLAUD you! Don't you EVER let them forget what they did to you. I don't absolve you of any guilt but I do believe (in your 13 yr. old mind) that you were trying to cover for Kristy. However, that doesn't make you guilty of murder....
tyleredmonds commented at 8/8/2011 6:49:00 PM:
Thank you mbirdsong. I guess that's one of the many differences between myself and Mr.Allgood: I have the guts and gumption to own up to my mistakes and admit when I'm wrong...I take responsibility for my actions. Good luck to you if you ever think you will ever get anything of the sort from that guy.
Birney commented at 8/8/2011 8:58:00 PM:
Birney Imes responds: We didn't print the law Mr. Edmonds cited because it made a long letter even longer. For those interested, that information is available elsewhere. We handled Mr. Allgood's letter in the same manner.
ds1957 commented at 8/9/2011 7:13:00 AM:
Forrest Allgood should NOT be re-elected. I pray that the Republican Party candidate Steve Wallace defeats him.
observer2 commented at 8/9/2011 9:06:00 AM:
"However, that doesn't make you guilty of murder...." Really miss birdsong? Woe to you bunch of hypocrits and vipers. You're so full of hate and meanness, you're all guilty of murder. Hate is of the devil himself so be careful about the "getting even" trips you seem to be on. Don't teach the edmonds boy to hate but to forgive. That is the only way to healing any possible injustice. Isn't it true that forgiveness is devine?
As far as the republican defeating a democrat , you can forget about that. Blacks will vote democrat until they die, it's in their blood even more than what's in their hearts. Blacks are more pro life than whites , they are more anti homosexual and more against the homo marriage than whites but 99 percent will always vote democrat. It's insane.
tiredfedupsick commented at 8/9/2011 2:55:00 PM:
I guess Tyler gave up the 420 since the letter seems well written. I still remember the night he and another person got caught parked near downtown with 420 in their possession. Moving on, huh?
tyleredmonds commented at 8/9/2011 4:12:00 PM:
Ha ha ha! Really tiredfedupsick? Me? Caught downtown with 420? In your dreams. There are a few things that I can say I have NEVER done and smoking weed is one of them. It was spread like wildfire when I got a speeding ticket! You think I'm idiotic enough to 1) smoke weed or 2) do it in the middle of ANY town?? Forrest Allgood and his team would have loved to have caught me doing anything I shouldn't do. But they didn't. You know why? Because I dont go out and do things I have no business doing. And if I HAD it would have shown up on the drug tests that I had to do for work and school. Nice try though. "A" for effort. ;)
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/9/2011 4:21:00 PM:
Just wondering Tyler, what are you doing now, future plans, etc.? Has anyone contacted you about a book deal? If not, you should look into it.
Just being nosey dude.
tyleredmonds commented at 8/9/2011 5:08:00 PM:
Roscoe, I went to college after my acquittal, when I graduated I mived to Arizona and worked for the Department of Defense for awhile. I left there and am now an assistant service manager at a Toyota dealership. Most of my time is spent working, and when not working, I'm usually out on the river .
towerdog58 commented at 8/9/2011 11:01:00 PM:
Tyler hasnt been the only one falsly railroaded. there has been many in our district. People just don't seem to care unless it hits thier family. I wouldnt want the DA's job, but like i have seen on here. That person must wear two hats. One for the victim and one for the one that he is prosecuting. It truly seems he only puts one on when he walks into the court room. Someone needs to open his dark closet door and look into some of his domestic issues. I believe a few of the so called do-gooders and supporters would be shocked. Wallace name in our town has been a very honorable name for alot of years.
I say we give him a chance.
observer2 commented at 8/9/2011 11:50:00 PM:
Could he be related to good old George? George was a democrat though but the people of Alabama loved him. Would have been President in 72 had not the nutty guy shot him up. Too bad he and General Lemay were not elected back in 68. South Vietnam would be a country today if they had been elected. Somehow , republican just doesn't fit the Wallace name very well.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/10/2011 4:18:00 AM:
I hear ya River Rat. No word of a book deal? I would think there would be a market for this story.
birney commented at 8/10/2011 8:52:00 AM:
Birney Imes responds: One poster questioned the timing of the publication of this letter, accusing us of holding it "until after the election." That was not the case. We held the letter until we could have a conversation with Mr. Edmonds and his attorney, Jim Waide. Besides, Mr. Allgood's most serious challenge is expected in November.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/10/2011 11:26:00 AM:
Yeah, that's one excuse.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/10/2011 11:29:00 AM:
So you'll be reprinting it right before the November election then? Besides, you had your conversation, and could have put it in the paper, but you didn't.
And now you want to blow it off with "besides, Mr. Allgood's most serious challenge is expected in November" knowing full well most voters will have long forgotten the letters by then.
You fool no one Birney, except yourself.
dorseycarson commented at 8/11/2011 2:27:00 AM:
"Because HE didn't dot his I's and cross his T's, not only did the victims have to suffer once or twice, they had to relive the pain THREE times." Tyler, thank you for showing such a public display of empathy and speaking for the murder victim's family that you have never bothered to contact. Their pain was caused by the act of murder of their son, brother, father, and then made worse by the subsequent defamation of his name after his death. Their suffering was not caused by Forrest Allgood, and it has not ended simply because the numerous trials are over. They suffer from an irreplaceable loss of their loved one, and only God has given them peace. I recently spent some vacation time with Joey's orphaned children Tyler (named after you) and Darian (your nephew and niece). They are great kids even while continuing to experience the pain of going through their teenage years without their father's love and guidance. They were just kids when Joey was murdered, so surely you don't have any animosity towards them, do you? Yet it is my understanding that you have never contacted them--at all, much less to apologize for bringing the gun from your father's house to be used in their father's murder. There are many consequences from choices that we make--even as young teenagers. It is never too late to try to right a wrong. Joey's family has prayed for all involved, including you, and I do sincerely hope you and all involved experience God's grace. I believe that can happen if you ask for forgiveness and take personal accountability for your role in Joey's murder. Do you plan to ever contact Joey Fulgham's mother Ann, brother Shannon, or sister-in-law Kimberly (my sister) to explain your role in Joey Fulgham's murder, and perhaps even apologize--or are you now even denying having anything at all to do with it? Do you claim to have no culpability, and no need for forgiveness or redemption?
tyleredmonds commented at 8/11/2011 4:54:00 AM:
You're right. The Fulgham family's suffering has not ended, and likely never will. That was not, however, what I was trying to say. My point was that because Mr. Allgood didn't perform his job duties as he should have, The Fulghams had to sit in court more than they ever should have. And so did my family and myself, as well. To say you've taken what I said out of context is an understatement. If you think that I don't think about them, or Tyler and Darian, you're mistaken. I personally believe that making any contact with the two of them at this point would do more harm than it would good. Maybe a day will come when we can all sit down and say our peace will come; maybe it won't. It is not my place to decide when or if that conversation should occur. Do you really think that I should just pick up the phone and call them and that be ok with any of them? I think not.
Again, you've taken what i've said out of context. I never blamed Mr. Allgood for the Fulgham's pain. I explained myself in court numerous times, and they never believed it then. What makes you think calling them now would magically change their minds? I've always ALWAYS prayed for peace for everyone involved and took accountability for myself a LONG time ago. I can't force acceptance or forgiveness on anyone anymore than I can control the weather. We all have to answer for our actions when we see our maker, and I can say that there's nothing that I've not taken care of in that department already.
There are things called "property lines" in this world. The Fulgham's acceptance is not my property. I do wish them all the best, and have always prayed that they found peace and comfort. I can not deliver either of those things to them though.
The fact is this: I had nothing to do with Joey's murder. I did not bring a weapon to his home with the intent that it be used to murder him. The Fulgham Family wholeheartedly believes otherwise, and that I can not help or change, and it is not my responsibility to convince them.
This whole situation has brought a lot of pain to a lot of people, and has not been easy for anyone, especially The Fulgham's, especially Tyler and Darian. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of our past and what has become of it all. And there is not a night when my bed hits my pillow that I do not pray for them. But of course, i'm wasting my breath as I am sure you're rolling your eyes as you read. That's just as well. When it all comes down to it, I can look in the mirror and im ok with who I am. And my maker is ok with who I am too. If you are looking for someone to balme; for somewhere to place your personal anger and feelings, you may find that place at Rankin County Correctional Facility, at the feet of Kristi Fulgham (my sister, in case you thought i'd forgotten her, too).
But then again, that's between you and her.
readaboutit commented at 8/11/2011 4:57:00 PM:
I have lived in starkville 27 years and I agree with the others...Forrest Allgood should MOVE ASIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wicked_cynic commented at 8/11/2011 11:28:00 PM:
"The fact is this: I had nothing to do with Joey's murder. I did not bring a weapon to his home with the intent that it be used to murder him."
Really, Tyler? Let me take you back.
Sharon Clay: Tyler Wayne Edmonds, what did you do, son? You tell me right now. Are those deputies being mean to you? Are they threatening you?
Tyler Edmonds: No, mama. They are being real nice.
Sharon Clay: Then why are you crying son?
Tyler Edmonds: We did it, mama. We shot Joey.
You were a big stinking liar then or you are a big stinking liar now.
The only reason 12 citizens of Attala County cut you loose and effectively let you get away with murder was because they found out you spent four years in prison, and they thought you had been punished enough for your role in the murder. That came from one of the jurors.
By YOUR OWN WORDS, you put a gun to the back of a man's head while he slept. You provided so many details in your statement that only someone who was in that room when he was murdered could have possibly known. Only after your uncle and your attorney got involved did you recant your full, complete, and detail-filled confession to the sheriff's office which followed your confession to your mom. You can go ahead and delete your wall of spam about false confessions. I will forget more about false confessions than you'll ever know.
Be happy you have a life to live and aren't spending the rest of your life in prison. You got your one mulligan. Stop attacking Forrest Allgood. For once in your life, stop doing everyone else's bidding and be your own person. Stop putting this family through any more strife or suffering. You have done enough already.
Regardless of whether Steve Wallace or Forrest Allgood will make the best district attorney has absolutely ZERO to do with Joey Fulgham's untimely death. Stop exploiting a dead man's case to further Jim Waide's political agenda.
You responded to Forrest's letter. Let that be the end of it. You can never defend yourself or your name. There are some of us out here who will always know the truth because you told it on video and you told it to your mother. Once upon a time, you did your half-sister's bidding, and you got a four year complimentary vacation to Walnut Grove.
tyleredmonds commented at 8/12/2011 12:19:00 AM:
Thank you for proving my point for me. Those "details" matched nothing at the crime scene . And as far as carrying forward Jim Waide's political agenda, well, if the shoe fits....
If Allgood doesn't want to catch crap, maybe he should straighten up, or better yet, find a new profession. On the same hand, I could tell you to stop pushing Allgoods political position. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.
The 12 jurors of Attala county were able to cut through the bull. That's why I'm free now.
And as far as me making the family suffer, I'm not forcing you all to read this or respond. I stated my opinion as I have a right to do. Don't like it? Don't read it or respond. If you' re not comfortable in a situation, remove yourself from it. I don't need to defend myself o r my name. I responded to Allgoods letter and stuck to the facts. Dorsey opened this can of worms with the family, not I.
Regardless, (again) prayers for peace all around go out.
bboddie commented at 8/13/2011 7:28:00 AM:
Tyler, move along! Be as happy as you can, live as good a life as you can!
ttodd123 commented at 9/7/2011 1:31:00 AM:
I once was a corrections officer in ranking county. I remember you from cmcf when you first came through r&c. I prayed for you from the moment I saw you. That was not the place for you. It was obvious to everyone, you didn't need to be there. I'm so glad to know that you are doing so well now. To read your posts, anyone can see you are no longer that fragile 13-years-old child you once were. Continue to defend yourself and always stand your ground because while we may sympathize with your ordeal, only a very few people know your struggle. May God bless you and keep you strong.
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