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Our Story

Published by: JoJo Matthews

I’ve written this so many times and it’s always different.

My name is JoJo, I am engaged to the love of my life. I asked him to marry me on April 1st, 2013. It was not an April fools joke either.  He is facing a natural life sentence. No possibility of parole.

I met Joey in January 2011. We never dated or were in a relationship on the outside. We were friends that had extra benefits. Joey had a rough life and we had a rocky friendship. Everything he ever went through led him to make very bad decisions which led to his arrest in June 2012. I blamed myself at first because I had pulled away from him and didn’t realize how bad things had gotten for him. To this day I keep thinking if only I had tried harder to help him instead of walking away from him.

Upon learning of his arrest, I immediately began thinking about what I would do. I should mention, I am also a prison sister. My brother has been incarcerated since I was 5. I am 32 now. So, I know the importance of that support on the outside.

Shortly after, I made my decision. I would stand by him. I never dreamed it would be in the capacity that it is now. I fell in love with Joey long before he did. Actually, it was shortly after meeting him.

Well, being locked up gives a man a lot of time to think. To think about what he had and what he lost. A lot of should haves and could haves went through his mind. Behind those cell walls, all alone, he realized he loved me all along too.

After the exchange of a few letters and careful thought from me, we decided that we would pursue our love behind walls. I knew from the beginning the two worst case scenarios were the death penalty and natural life sentence.

Just because he is locked up and made mistakes I do not feel he should be abandoned. I plan to show him true love. Something he has never experienced.

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