This is the middle of my 21st year in Federal Prison.
I didn’t have children before my arrest, and after so many years in prison, I’m no longer in a place in my life where I would consider trying to raise a child. Sometimes the consequences of our actions exceed our prison terms by far.
Not only have I lost most of my youth, but I also lost the opportunity to have a child of my own. Despite this loss, I have been blessed beyond measure through my fiancee, Chris.
Chris was my high school sweetheart who found out about my situation after he got out of the Marine Corps. We began corresponding in 2001-2002, and kept in touch over the years and fell in love again about 3 years ago.
Chris has stood by me, and fought this fight with me as though it were his own. He has been my hero!!
Not only has the love of my life been waiting for me, but through him I have been given a family of my own because his sons, Steven (14) and Christian (11) are waiting for me as well. I love them as if they were my own and they love me too!
And for me, the most precious gift of all is having Chris and the boys waiting for me to come home!
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I have used my time in prison to my advantage by learning the tools that will help me live a better life than the one I left behind.
Although I hated that life I felt trapped in it, that was so long ago that it feels like another lifetime. I am different person.
I was in a community outreach program while in Texas called Share. We spoke with at-risk women and girls in the community. I spoke to hundreds of girls and women about the mistakes I made and what they can do differently so they don’t end up taking the path that I was on which led me to prison. Our program got awards for volunteer programs on the community and state levels and even a “Point of Light” presidential nod once!
I know what its like to be young and in trouble and feel you have nowhere to go and/or no one you can trust. I want to help kids like them I once I am released. I was a very successful speaker in the program and plan on finding a way to do that kind of work when I finally regain my freedom, which I now realize is a precious gift that most people take for granted.
Age: 44 years
Race: Asian American
Sentenced: February 1994 for cocaine conspiracy
Sentence: 35 years, reduced to 26 years 10 months
Release Date: July 2017
Priors: Misdemeanors -DUI, Trespassing
Prison Conduct: Clear conduct
Rehabilitation: Participation in numerous programs of excellence including outreach to women and youth at risk in addition to drug treatment and anger management courses.
Clemency Petition: Filed under Clemency Project 2014