Donte is 43 and incarcerated in the US (NV).
The sentence is death! And the mission is for that sentence to be carried out by way of lethal injection! He will be escorted to the death chamber, and strapped down so that needles can be inserted into his arms. While he lies there, spectators will be made visible as the curtain around the chamber is drawn open. The only thing that he will have in common with this audience will be the shared intense countdown of minutes to midnight. Each tick of the clock will grow louder than the last.
He will be able to see all of the faces that showed up to see him die. They’ve set this day aside just for him. They’ve waited years for this day. It’s the ultimate show, and the tickets were free. He can’t see the executioner, but he knows that he’s there, waiting for the signal to commit the murder. He’ll be more than happy to carry out the duty.
The wait will be beyond excruciating. He will feel his time of death getting closer. Everything will feel quiet. The only sounds in his ears will be from the ticking clock and his pounding heartbeat, as loud as a drum. He’ll wonder if anyone else could hear it. The silence will feel like an eternity. And then finally he’ll hear a voice that rambles scripted words. None of it will feel coherent until a question is asked, “Do you have any last words?” and without hesitation he will respond to express his innocence to the crime of murder. But the circumstances are deaf to his innocence. He has to be the eye for an eye. Innocence doesn’t matter at this point. The audience must be satisfied and a community appeased. Innocent or not, the poison will be rushed into his veins until all of the life has left his body…
This is the story and legacy of many men. The system is broken and doesn’t care about guilt or innocence if you’re poor.
My name is Donte Johnson and I am both, innocent of what I was convicted for, and I am impoverished.
I can imagine that you may think that I am in pursuit of some sort of safety net of financial security. But I am not. What I am in pursuit of is your friendship. There is nothing more valuable than a good and true friendship to lean on while I proceed to fight for my life and freedom.
As you read these words, I don’t know what my circumstances are on the way to becoming, as things are in the process of speeding up to an impending conclusion of one thing or another. But I do know that I appreciate you taking the time to read this, and I hope that I am given a chance to possibly build something with you.
P.S. If you email me on CorrLinks, please make sure to leave a mailing address for me in your message, as I can only reply to you through snail mail.
• Date of Birth: 05/27/1979 (43 years old)
• Gender: Male
• Marital Status: Single
• Sexual Orientation: Straight
• Race: Black or African American
• Ethnicity: N/A
• Eye Color: Brown
• Hair Color: Black
• Height: 5 ft. 7 in.
• Body Type: Athletic
• Hometown: Los Angeles, California (USA)
• Spoken Languages: English
• Religion: None
• Astrological Sign: Gemini
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• Incarcerated Since: 1998
• Sentence Received: Death Sentence
• Earliest Release: N/A