Tony is 54 years old and incarcerated in the US (IL).
Hi, I know you’ve probably read a hundred of these ads by now, just wishing you could find a guy who understands the concept of friendship. A guy who doesn’t see you as some object to possess. Well, keep reading, you may have found him.
My name is Tony, and there’s nothing I value more than friendship. Except, maybe, my motorcycle. I’m kidding, of course, it’s only a close second 🙂 Seriously though, let me tell you a little about myself so you can hurry up and respond to my ad.
I was born and raised just North of Chicago. Me and my siblings were raised by a single mother, a wonder woman who we lost several years ago. I have varying interest, from poetry to politics. I am also an artist. I’ve learned how to paint since I’ve been in prison. I’m an oil painter and my favorite subject is seascapes (check out the photo of one of my paintings). I am also in the process of writing a short story, or maybe I’ll make it more of an urban novella. Maybe you can help me decide once we start to correspond. Lastly, I am obviously a die-hard Chicago sports fan- all teams.
Anyway, something else you should know about me is that I am a very good listener. I’ve never known anyone who didn’t need someone like that in their life at one point or another, including myself. If that appeals to you, take a few minutes and respond to this ad.
This profile isn’t about seeking romance or any other particular expectations. It is about not allowing myself to become defined by my incarceration, but by my will to overcome it, and by my ability to reach out and connect with other like-minded people and make a difference on some level.
If you are a like-minded person who is willing to join me in a journey to rediscover the lost art of friendship, then please know that regardless of your age, race, gender, or sexual orientation, you are invited to join me in this journey. Please do.
My Dear Friends of Justice, the following essay, story, or whatever you would like to call it, is a personal account of my first day on death row. Fortunately, my sentence was commuted by the former Governor of Illinois. Still, my fight for justice goes on, but this is where it began. “My first day on death row…”
As I waked into that prison, it felt like I was walking into a medieval castle from the dark ages, and I couldn’t help but wonder if I would ever leave that place. The humiliation of “processing in” was overcome only by my fear of the unknown. I had never been to prison and now, not only was I going to prison, but I was going to death row for a crime I did not commit. The home of men like John Wayne Gacy and the so-called “I-57 killer”, among others.
I had only read about such men in newspapers or saw them on television. I never, even in my worst nightmare, thought I would be counted among them and even considered one of them. It was then that the reality of the situation smacked me in the face so hard that I could almost feel the sting followed by the bruise.
It was then that I hardened my heart and dismissed all thoughts of the outside world. I took a deep breath and then I walked to the cell that would be my new home. I expected to hear all kinds of prison noises. You know, the names and calls that always seem to happen on television when the new guy gets to prison, but to my surprise (and relief), none of that happened.
I arrived at my cell and as I was watching the key being put into the lock, it all seemed to be happening in slow motion- the door sliding open; placing my bedroll on the bunk; the door sliding shut; and the worst sound of all- the door being locked behind me.
• Date of Birth: 09/12/1966 (54 years old)
• Gender: Male
• Marital Status: N/A
• Sexual Orientation: Straight
• Race: Black or African American
• Ethnicity: Not Hispanic or Latino
• Eye Color: Brown
• Hair Color: Bald
• Height: 6 ft.
• Body Type: Average
• Hometown: Waukegan, Illinois (USA)
• Spoken Languages: English, some Spanish
• Religion: Christian
• Astrological Sign: Virgo
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• Incarcerated Since: 1988
• Sentence Received: Death Sentence commuted to Life Without Parole
• Earliest Release: N/A