To the editor,

I’ve once heard the saying. “Do the crime, do the time.” I never realized what it really meant until Dec. 16, 2016.

April 27-28, I committed a crime. Between jury and the county jail I spent eight months in jail. I was convicted in November and arrived at reception (CRC) Dec. 16, 2016.

Arriving at reception, I remember Judge Burchfield saying, “Programs, programs, programs and stay out of trouble.” In my head I thought; piece of cake, I’ll do what’s needed and get it over with.

Not the case.

I committed a crime and I got a large amount of time. I’ve been incarcerated for 2 1/2 out of 15 years. I’ve realized from telephone calls with my family (my mom, grandma, and a few aunts) that my family and freedom is everything to me; nothing means more.

I want to go to college and participate in groups to not only change my life and habits, but prove to the community that I deserve a second chance. I would like to be able to get a sentence modification or judicial release because the judge and community feel I deserve it, not because I say I do. (Words mean nothing when your actions don’t back it up.)

I want/need a clean slate and if you allow me this opportunity, I will prove that you made a great decision. I promise. What are your thoughts Van Wert?

My Address: Noah Girod, 731-247


P.O. Box 1812

Marion, Ohio 43301