Earlier this year, prison inmate Brandon Burnett made The Daily Weekly for wearing a cap and gown in the photo that accompanied his advertisement on hotprisonpals.com. We wondered what he had graduated from--small-time crime, maybe?--since his record shows he'd moved up from petty thievery to doing ten years for two bank robberies.
Burnett now writes via snail mail from the state pen in Walla Walla to ask why we are trying to discredit him and discourage pen pals from writing. "I just don't understand why you're doing it. Have I offended you in some way personally?" he asks. In particular, he didn't enjoy being lumped in with some other pictured prison pals, such as the facially tattooed James Stover and the naked Anthony Satell, who hung a cowboy hat on his penis.
Usually he mentions his crimes on pen-pal websites, Burnett, 26, writes. But some sites pick up his name from other sites and don't include all those details. "Apparently this is what HotPrisonPals.com has done. I'm not complaining either! I need all the help I can get!"
But, he says, "your blog pops up every time someone Googles my name and it's having a negative impact on my success on these sites." So he'd like to set the record straight on his record, and life.
First, I was charged for the robberies in King County. I robbed one bank in Snohomish County but it (and others in separate counties) was dropped in a plea agreement in which I received 129 months.
And yes, you're certainly right about "small-time crime" and working my way up. I should've stuck with theft and forgery because it's less time! [happy face here]
Second, the graduation photo is my G.E.D. graduation here in Walla Walla 2007. I've completed several other classes and programs as well (Yet, I still find myself in trouble here).
"Listen," he concludes, "I know you're just doing your job out there. But do you think you can take down that blog? Hey, maybe you can possibly write a good review about me! At least get me off the same page as that weirdo Anthony Satell! . . .
"All I'm asking is to be taken out of your crosshairs!"