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Circumstances That Were Beyond My Control.

I was a product of foster homes, and I survived. I studied hard and went to a Junior College, and graduated. I worked for several years, trying to just find out who I was. At 34, I met a charming man, he was tall, dark and handsome.
My heart would skip a beat each time he spoke to me, when he asked me to marry him, quite frankly I was amazed. I am not bad looking, some have called me attractive, but still this man was really good looking. We married, and I had to quit my job because he insisted I join him on his business travels.

The first year of our marriage was bliss. No one could have been happier than I was. Rod was a generous man and would buy me gifts, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, I had enough jewlery to open a store.

To make a long story short, the fifth year of our marriage, Rod and I were arrested and held by Interpol. The charges were 'Grand theft' and possession of stolen property. We both spent 7 years in prison overseas, and were extradited back to the U.S.A. I was indicted along with my husband. He is still serving his time, and I only had to do 3 years of my sentence, because my case was reviewed and I was pardoned. I pleaded not guilty the first trial, and not guilty during the second trial. I thought my husband was a businessman and had no idea he was a thief. Due to all the fine jewlery I had, of course I was found guilty. I was innocent, but not in the eyes of the law.
Since I have been out, I filed for divorce, legally changed my name, moved with permission of my parole officer, and am working as a secretary. Hopefully I will not be blinded again by a handsome man.

ToniFrench ToniFrench 51-55, F 2 Responses Sep 26, 2012

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There are plenty of ugly men out there to watch out for too...
You had no idea what was going on and you should not even be on parole. If you were pardoned for it all then you should be totally free just as before.

I know that there are a lot of prisoners that are wrongfully accused and put behind bars. The proof was all of the people exhonorated by DNA evidence.
Many of whom were on death row !
So the justice system is not perfect by any means of the imagination.

There is no failsafe system. :(

Wow I really don't know what to say ? I am sorry that you were blindsided that way. ,and to me being punished even accused of something i didn't do ,just makes me crazy .You are a strong women to have come through all that you have. .as well as you have . I truly hope that life treats you kindly from now on .

Thanks. For awhile I didn't think I would survive, but I did. Life is strange,but people are stranger.