the D.A. Screws With a Sixteen-Year-Old's Life,
He Gets Away with It
By Daniel Lee Wilt, Prisonersolidarity.org
Dec. 4, 2007
name is Daniel Lee Wilt and I am something of a political prisoner.
incarcerated at the age of 16 for defending myself, and was originally
sentenced to 18 years. On an appeal, I have been able to reduce
term to 8 years.
It is my hope
that you will inform activists in the New York area of my
wrongful conviction and that they in turn will shed some exposure
situation. I was locked up in October 2002 and formally charged
assault. Despite the fact that all evidence supported my self-defense
I was still found guilty.
there were over 50 witness contradictions. These
contradictions added up against the testimony of myself, and of
who was with me. Other witnesses included the people who were surrounding
me. Those people were on drugs, and it was proven that they had
looking for us. My friend and I were clear-headed, and yet somehow
testimony took precedence over ours.
Attorney used my ethnicity and my religion (at the time) as stereotyping
factors, as he built his case against me. I am Apache and Korean.
At the time of the incident, I also happened to be a wiccan. The
D.A. said that, as an Apache, I was "territorial." Also,
the stabbing took place in a cemetery around Halloween. My friend
was a little "out there," and had found a dead turkey
that he placed in a stone circle, as a joke. That circle served
as a decoy, to keep away wanderers. We had a second circle deeper
in the woods, far away from the one with the turkey in it. Furthermore,
the stabbing took place nowhere near where the turkey was. And yet
the D.A. continuously tied this into his argument and referred to
me as a "devil worshiper" and a "bizarre individual."
In truth, I
was just a 16-year-old kid. I was a doofy friggin teenager, and
they made my case into the Salem witch trial.
Did I mention
that I had a mistrial? Not surprisingly, some of the people
("witnesses") who were surrounding me turned out to be
criminals, who were
being represented by the same public defender's office, as the one
building a case against me. This sparked a conflict of interest
and I had a
mistrial. I had to go to trial again, two weeks later, with a new
fact that the D.A. was continuously making stereotyping comments
about my race, and portraying me as a "devil worshiper,"
the judge allowed
the jury of "my peers" to be made up entirely of white
people from the
suburbs. Due to all of the violence that had been taking place in
Schenectady, the judge also wanted "to make an example out
It goes so
much deeper, even. I'd sent my appeal brief in, but it was
confiscated because I had asked law library inmates to help me without
receiving written permission. Luckily, I still managed to shave
decade. But still, 8 years .. This is unfair, considering that I
that kid only to avoid being shot.
my incarceration I've managed to accomplish the following
things: I was valedictorian of the GED program at Coxsackie Correctional
Facility. I helped run a poetry workshop alongside civilians in
facility. I have written more than 20, as-of-yet-unpublished bodies
I've obtained copyrights and recently have had two pieces published
local paper called The Utica Phoenix (April 2007 edition). I have
been submitting my work to national magazines. Basically, I am an
writer, trying to rise from the inferno of his past.
It is my sincerest
hope that you will help me to support my dreams by
putting my story on your website. I don't deserve this sentence
forced to serve. Should you decide to assist me at this, my lowest
then I will return to support your movement when I one day gain
of more influence. I'm 21 now, and I get out in two years. But I've
down for damned near 5, and I can't take this silence anymore.
I've been mastering
the way of a writer for all these long, lonely years.
And now I will use my pen to try and expose all of the corruption
tainting our society. It has been my experience that many publications
disregard the voice of the prisoner. I hope that Prisonersolidarity
allow my cries of lament and protest to be heard.
corporations (for example, like Merck and Co., which produces
the dangerous new Gardasil vaccine, which has been made mandatory
girls), need to be promptly dismantled and replaced by companies
the interests of human beings in mind.. We live in a world where
are interested in money-making, and nothing else. I've written on
political subjects and will continue to do so without relenting.
that perhaps you could give me a place to put my writing in print.
I, in turn, could help you expand your movement.
If some of
what I've said appeals to you, please write to me and share your
thoughts. Perhaps I could send in articles, covering all of the
vile practices of this system I've encountered during my incarceration.
like to express my thanks for everyone who took the time to read
Lee Wilt, #03A4787
Marcy Correctional Facility
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