Dear Potential Pen Pal,
This is my first attempt at this pen pal stuff. After being in prison for 17 years, it’s about time. To start off, I’m looking for a female friend. There are no women around here to be friends with. I’m sure you knew that already. I’m not talking about the he-she’s either. The type of communication I get with a person of the opposite sex, can’t be replicated by a cell mate.
I’m 6’1”, 250 lbs. I have to work-out and eat lots of protein/carb based foods to keep that weight on. If not, I drop to 230 lb. I’m about 250 lbs in the photo in which my eyes are closed. I have blond hair, blue eyes.
I grew up in Kansas, outside a small town, on a 99 acre farm. I chose Hank Williams Jr. - A Country Boy Can Survive as my background music, because that song is relatable to my childhood.
I joined the U.S. Marine Corps after 911. I was a senior in high school that year. Two of my photos show me in the Marine Corps. One while in Iraq, the other while taking a day off from training. I was so skinny because I contracted dysentery, along with the rest of my unit, while in Iraq. My unit (3/4 Kilo, 1st Mar. Div) lead the invasion into Iraq.
When I arrived back to the states, I had PTSD. I ended up killing two drug dealers who were selling drugs to Marines.
The first several years of prison were spent drinking alcohol. I eventually got my act together, and slowly started bettering myself. I spend much of my free time creating art. I specialize in portraits, but I can do just about anything in paint and charcoal. I just finished a portrait of a friends five children. I’m in the process of setting up an art booth on the east coast. Once businesses start to open up again, I will be ready. In one of my photos, it shows me painting a mural on one of the walls in Pleasant Valley State Prison. It is a memorial to the Marines who died in combat.
I have earned six AA/AS degrees while in prison. I have transferred to California Coast University in order to earn a Master’s in marketing. I’m able to pay for my schooling by selling my art.
I participate in self-help groups that help me better communicate with others. They also help me live a more productive life. I just finished a workbook that was designed to help me fully understand the impact my crimes have caused on society. Once we are allowed to gather in large groups again, I will continue to lead one that educates inmates about conflict resolution.
I would love to hear from you. I promise I will write back.
Vernon Walker # V-87111
Pleasant Valley State Prison
P O Box 8500
Coalinga CA 93210 USA
Ad Start: 02-11-21
Ad Expiration: 02-11-22
Serving A Life Sentence