5/19/14

Eileen Huber - California

I received a letter from Eileen Huber of California. Eileen is one of the infamous Mall Killers of the early 90's. Eileen, her boyfriend John Lewis, his half sister Robin Machuca and his friend Vincent Hubbard went on a kidnapping and killing spree at several California malls and ATM's.

Eileen's introductory letter is filled with regret. She is the golden child of LWOP. Much like Karla Faye Tucker, Ms. Huber has used her time in prison as a placeholder, in the event that she ever is blessed with a second chance.

Every penny she makes or receives is saved for classes toward her associate's degree. She spends most of her time alone, studying or working on her memoirs, which she plans to give away free to girls homes and juvenile facilities.

"If I ever do get the chance to get out of here, I WILL NOT squander it." she wrote to me. "I want the world to know that just because I was a mixed up unloved little girl, I should never have allowed myself to go along with what was happening."

The jury recommended LWOP for Eileen and all the other perpetrators except Lewis because of their horrific childhoods. Most suffered unnatural amounts of abuse, including rape at the hands of their parents. Eileen's childhood began well but the loss of her mother at an early age set her on the wrong path.

Eileen has spent over half her life in prison for the deaths she had a part in as a young teen. Never bitter or derogatory, she spends her days thanking God for the breaths she draws each day and improving herself in every way she has access too.

Eileen is another example of what's wrong with our justice system. If our prison system was designed for rehabilitation instead of profit, Eileen would be one of many instead of the exception to the rule. She would be a contributing member of society, leaving the bad decisions and rotten choices she made a s a child beind her.


5/15/14

Stacey Schoeck - Georgia

I received a letter from Stacey Schoeck in Georgia. She is serving life without parole for the hired killing of her husband, Richard Schoeck, on Valentines Day 2010. She hired a fella from her gym that was a friend of a friend, Reginald Coleman. They called him Mr.Results at the gym. 

After planning the murder with Mr. Results, Stacey lured her husband to a remote area of a city park on the pretense of exchanging romantic Valentine cards. Instead of a hearts and flowers Richard got a bullet to the head. 


Mr. Results
That's what the state of Georgia said anyway. She says nothing of her crime in the letter. She only asks what I can offer her as an inmate liaison and how to obtain it. She thanks me for my services and leaves this one poignant line in the closing:


"Life without parole is really a cruel and unusual sentence and I hope one day the people of Georgia will know that it is misused for purposes beyond the scope for which it was intended."


5/8/14

Na Cola Franklin denied new trial in wedding day killing of fiance

 Na Cola Franklin denied new trial in wedding day killing of fiance | Regional: Lehigh Valley - Home



Na Cola Franklin is the PA woman who stabbed herfinae to death the day of their wedding. She claims he was drunk, unruly and threatening to leave and take their baby.



She was tried, found guilty and sentenced to life. She recently asked for a new trial and was denied. Her lawyers believe third degree murder would have been a more appropriate charge. 

5/4/14

Marissa Devault - Arizona

Marissa Devault Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murdering Husband With Hammer





PHOENIX (AP) — A jury on Wednesday spared the life of an Arizona woman convicted of beating her husband to death with a hammer, sentencing her to life in prison instead of the death penalty.



The decision in the penalty phase of Marissa Devault's trial comes after the jury deliberated for about three days since April 22. Devault nodded when jurors were polled about their decision, and she hugged her attorneys before leaving the courtroom smiling.



"We're happy with the decision they made, thank God," defense attorney Andrew Anderson Clemency said outside the courthouse. "They made a decision to spare a life."



A judge scheduled a June 6 hearing where he will formally impose the sentence and decide whether she can be eligible for early release after 25 years.



Devault was convicted April 8 of first-degree murder in the 2009 slaying of Dale Harrell. Prosecutors say Devault killed Harrell in a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend. Devault says she killed her husband in self-defense and told investigators he had physically and sexually abused her in the past.



Harrell, 34, suffered multiple skull fractures in the attack at the couple's home in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert. He died nearly a month later at a hospice of complications from his head injuries.



Amy Dewey, who lived with Devault and Harrell for about four months in the late 1990s, said she felt justice was served.





"I hope she can stay in prison for the rest of her natural life," Dewey said, adding that her one-time friendship with Devault soured after Devault made abusive comments. "For the family, I hope it means they can heal."



Harrell's relatives and jurors declined to comment.



Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery praised the jury for the "hard work" they put into the case.



"Imposing the death penalty in any circumstance is difficult and in this one the jurors apparently felt that a life sentence was appropriate," Montgomery said in a statement.



During the sentencing phase of her trial, Devault spoke directly to jurors for 11 minutes. She sobbed and wiped away tears as she said she was sorry for her actions and the pain she has caused Harrell's family.



She also said her actions will in some way always shadow her three daughters. "I am supposed to protect you, and instead I hurt you," Devault said.



Shortly after the attack, Devault told investigators Harrell attacked her as she slept and choked her until she was unconscious. She also told police that when she woke up, she saw another man who lived at their home beating Harrell with a hammer.



Devault later confessed to attacking her husband, saying she pummeled him in a rage as he slept after he sexually assaulted her.



The case had many salacious elements, including testimony about plots to hire a hit man and the fact that Devault was a former stripper who met her boyfriend on a sugar-daddy dating website. The judge in the case made extensive efforts to keep the trial from becoming the spectacle that enveloped the Jodi Arias case in the same courthouse a year ago.



Devault's past as a stripper, for instance, was barely mentioned during the trial. The case attracted nowhere near the attention of the Arias trial despite some similar circumstances.



The key prosecution witness was Devault's former boyfriend, Allen Flores, a businessman who met Devault on a sugar-daddy dating website and loaned her $300,000 during their two-year relationship.



Flores testified that Devault wanted to either hire someone to kill Harrell, or kill him herself and tell police he tried to rape her after a night of drinking.



Devault's attorneys attacked Flores' credibility, noting he was given an immunity agreement on child-pornography allegations in exchange for his testimony. The child pornography was found on Flores' computer during a search that was part of the murder investigation, authorities said.