"I was sentenced to die by suffocating imprisonment."
I was released from the United States Federal Penitentiary Pollock on Thursday May 16, 2019. I walked into prison a 24-year-old young man. I walked out of prison a 49-year-old man. I wasn’t supposed to be walking out that day. I was sentenced to die by suffocating imprisonment. The law calls it a statutory mandatory life term of imprisonment without the possibility of parole. But it is really death by suffocation.
For the past 25 years I was warehoused in seven of the most notorious maximum security federal penitentiaries inside of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, serving out that life sentence. People may expect me to comment upon just how unfair this sentence was, but all I feel right now is the happiness and joy that comes from knowing I am blessed. I feel happiness because, internally, I am at peace with myself.