Dear Auntie Linda, My mother is 54 years old and is sentenced to twenty-one years in the Texas Prison system. She has served seven years and recently was denied parole. She was unfortunate enough to be married to a man from a prominent East Texas family. He had brutally beaten her and put her in the hospital several times. She got an order of protection, but he continued to stalk and terrorize her. She was in hiding and he promised to kill her if he found her.
He did find her. He was pounding on her door vowing to kill her. She had called 911 and was waiting for rescue when the door started to shatter. Mom shot through the door, hit John in the chest, killing him before place arrived. Because she had just purchased the gun after the order of protection and shot him through the door instead of waiting for him to get in, it was first degree murder. She had also told friends she was purchasing a gun to protect herself.
My mother has never seen her grandchildren since she doesn’t want them exposed to prison. I can only see her once a month since it is a four hour drive one way. I have to provide her with funds to purchase toiletries, hygiene items, and feminine products. Mother is a model prisoner. She never wanted to kill her husband. She only shot him when he was coming in her door to kill her. She was denied parole despite her good record and regrets for killing him because of John’s family’s influence. The judicial and law enforcement failed my mother and our entire family. Thank goodness, we have been able to interest The Innocence Project in her case.
Domesc Violence is a purge on our family and society. I yearn for he day Mother can rejoin our family. Sad Daughter
Dear Daughter, Ths is a sad but all-too common story. I hope there is some help and justice for your mother. We all must unite to pass stronger laws and support victims of violence to break this chain. Auntie Linda