[This letter is from the first week of April, 2013]
I am doing good. We are in our second week of lock-down. The whole prison compound is locked down. I also wanted to tell everyone that has written me, thank you very much. It has been very helpful during my incarceration to get letters and cards from people that care. I find it hard to not think about all the people that claimed they were my friends but I have not heard them once since I've gotten locked up. Also I wanted to address the fact that we can still buy limited items while we're locked down. Including soap, shampoo, lotion, batteries and stamps. But get this, we cannot buy paper, pens, pencils, envelopes. What's good, is being able to buy stamps but not paper, pens or envelope. So, if I don’t reply to your letters please keep writing cause support through the mail is the only thing helping me get through this. Please when you write, put the stamp halfway down the envelope so its not marked when it goes through the mail. When we get out of lock-down I'll be able to reply to everyone's letters. As it is, I'm almost out of paper and my pen is almost dead.
Call CCA Prison Warden to demand proper food rations for Skelly's health.
Skelly is not receiving the amount of food that it is medically documented that he needs. We are organizing a day to have everyone call in and tell the Warden or the Assistant Warden that we know about these needs and that they are not being met.
The call in day will be Thursday February 28, please call anytime between 9am-4pm.
The name of the Assistant Warden is Johnson The name of the Warden is Pugh
The number for the facility is 330-746-3777, please call, select option "3" (not option 2, as we said earlier) and ask to speak to either the Warden or the Assistant Warden.
Sample Script: Hi my name is _________ and I am calling in regards to prisoner #57976-060 Joshua Stafford. For medical reasons Joshua needs increased caloric intake, and has yet to be provided with additional food rations. Please address this oversight of Joshua's caloric needs as both his family and friends are concerned about his health and well being.
*** They will tell you that he needs to get the request approved through medical, but this has already happened; the hold up is with the kitchen or the administration. They will put it on Skelly to talk to medical or his counsellor about it. We need to remind the prison that it's their responsibility to make sure he's getting the medical care his doctor has recommended. ***
Connor's birthday is December 17th -- please send him some warm birthday wishes! To date, you can write him at Youngstown Correctional, though there's a possibility he'll be transferred before the 17th. Please check back here before sending your letters or cards to confirm his address.
On 11/20/12, Judge Dowd handed down sentences for Brandon, Connor and Doug. The judge departed from the sentencing guidelines, which he called "grotesque." Doug got 11 1/2 years, Brandon 9 years and 9 months, and Connor 8 years and 1 month. While these sentences are significantly shorter than the prosecution was seeking, they are almost double what they would have been without the application of the terrorism enhancement. All three are appealing the judge's decision to apply the terrorism enhancement, and seeking shorter sentences.
Skelly's trial is still postponed pending mental health evaluation by the BOP. Please take a moment to write him a short letter - he's completely isolated (no phone calls, no visits, no writing implements) in a remote prison in Massachusetts, and needs your support.
Tony Hayne, the fifth man arrested, who took a cooperating plea deal in July, was sentenced on 11/30 to 6 years.