Thursday, July 25, 2019

Update on Shane & Family

Shane Watson is doing well. I spoke with Shane yesterday and he was in good spirits. He and his wife Paula, along with their children Zion and Dianne just returned from a visit to Virginia, where they took part in a celebration of Shane’s mother Joan Watson’s birthday. Joan lives in Fredericksburg, VA. 
The family also visited the amusement park Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA where Dianne and Zion enjoyed the water park as well as the food. Dianne just turned 8 years old on July 15. 

The birthday girl

Shane continues to work at WalMart where he is thriving in his job in the inventory department. We continue to seek his full exoneration through the court system, with the assistance of Rebecca Freedman and Glen Garber of The Exoneration Initiative in NYC, as well as our attorney, Robert Boyle. 

As is typical of the (in)justice system, the wheels turn very slowly. “I’m very patient”, remarked Shane, and to their credit, Rebecca, Glenn and Robert never quit.

Dianne and Zion enjoying a game at Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Charles L. Wynn, Sr.

To read Charles' story, click HERE

Charles Jr. (left) with his father Charles Sr., late 2001

Charles Sr. with his sons Chris and Charles Jr., 1988

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Charles and His Sons

The Opus 30 Mission is currently advocating for
 Charles L. Wynn, Sr.
Read Charles' story by clicking HERE

ABOVE: Charles with his son Chris, photo taken January 26, 2019.

BELOW: Charles with his son Charles Jr., photo taken in 2003.
On September 3, 2010, Charles Jr. was shot and killed at age 24. From Charles Sr.: "He (Charles Jr.) was truly a major part of my life. Had I been home where I rightfully belong, my son would not have been living at the location where he was when the gunman came to his place of residence to kill him."

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A Letter from Charles

This is an open letter from Charles L. Wynn, Sr. to followers of The Opus 30 Mission. 
It was received on June 25, 2019.

For more details please visit our
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Two Poems by Justin Hines

Justin Hines, 33, is serving a sentence of 27-32 years at Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, NY. Justin will be eligible for parole in 2030. 

Chemical Romance or Poetic Justice
By Justin Hines

My mind is trapped.
Disillusioned by the illusions, and the deluded fusion
Of hopelessness and faith,
My mind is trapped.
Trapped in a vortex due to a complex conquest of a people
Whose value is seen only by those outside of themselves,
And never within. Never within.
My mind is damaged.
Damaged from broken promises, like broken bottles
Slammed on the cracked concrete-and jabbed to
Pierce someone’s already broken heart,
My mind is damaged,
Perpetually interrupted in its quest for peace, by its
Inability to reach, with hands and feet, and speech,
Anything deep enough to allow me to sink,
My mind is trapped.
It is said that they can lock your body but can’t
Trap your mind. This is a lie, an untruth.
The manifested mind is a product of popular culture,
Colored by one’s own perception,
Like life is a catch 22.
Like holding on too tight makes it harder to let go…
And when it’s hard to let go you hold on too tight,
It’s a catch 22.
I had a dream once that I was dreaming of being
and awoke to that reality wishing I was still asleep,
My mind is trapped.
In a catch 22.
Hoping I can free it long enough to find some meaning.
Meaning that I’m searching…ever searching but I can’t seem to find the key.

By Justin Hines

In the end I guess it’s all about the fight, or
The price, cause not too many others will care
about your plight.
I love and I lose, mostly I lose what I love
This, my constant struggle in life.
Paradigms, Paradox, Peace, Politics and strife.
We search for knowledge to give meaning to what we
And use this knowledge as a compass to tell us where
we should go.
I once swam across the Atlantic on the strength of
being told,
That if I made it to the other side, I would find hope.
I learned to hide that pain in the waves’ ebb and flow,
And make my heart beat as strongly as the engine on a boat.
I made it to the shores of a land I never saw,
and was in Awe of all the gold that was displayed
along the coast.
I think I died 17 times, in my mind, in 17 seconds
But only hoped that I could make it back Home.
The lesson I learned is one of futility, conscious of
the contradiction,
disappointment wrapped around my soul.
There isn’t a person on any purchase unaffected by
it’s Karma,
I’m lost but strive to never let it show,
Who Am I?

Justin Hines

Justin Hines, 33, is serving a sentence of 27-32 years at Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, NY. Justin will be eligible for parole in 2030. 

While Justin admits his guilt, there are serious questions regarding his sentencing, since his crimes were committed when he was 16 years old. The Youthful Offender guidelines would normally apply in his case, however because Justin had prior felony convictions (for marijuana) these guidelines are not applicable. 

It is clear that Justin's life was shaped by his horrific upbringing, and experience of being raped by an adult. The Opus 30 Mission shares Justin's story for two reasons:
1) as further evidence of the profound impact of poverty and drug abuse in terms of their effect on the life paths of children, and
2) in order to summon legal support for Justin in the hope that his parole/release date might be reconsidered.

Here, in Justin's own words and writing, is his story:

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Behind the Walls

Byron K. Brown, 48, is currently serving a life sentence at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, NY. He was convicted of first-degree murder in 1998, stemming from an incident in Suffolk County, NY. Mr. Brown has always maintained his innocence, and The Opus 30 Mission is currently investigating the facts of his case with the assistance of Mr. Brown’s attorney. 

Here is an account of Mr. Brown’s assault at the hands of four CO’s (Correctional Officers) at Sing Sing on April 6 of this year.

Copies of this report are being sent to the prison authorities for comment and response. 

On April 6, 2019 the assigned R-Company Gallery Correctional Officer, Brown, informed me that I was moving from Housing Block “B” (HBB) R-Company. #25 cell location to Housing Block “A” (HBA) to M-Company, #67 cell location. I asked CO Brown to find out why I was being moved to another housing block. CO Brown said that he would make a phone call to find out and walked away from my cell. Later, when CO Brown walked pass my cell location, I immediately stopped him and asked if he had made the phone call yet. His response was “No, not yet.” He walked away from my cell, and also never issued any property bags to me to pack my personal property.

Shortly thereafter, CO Green opened my cell, stating that I was moving to another housing block. I told her that CO Brown was going to make a phone call to look further into the matter. I told CO Green that I did not even have any property bags yet! CO Green replied “Brown, are you refusing?” Before I had a chance to respond to her question, she told me to lock back into my cell location. I complied with her order without incident.

Consequently, four correctional officers and a sergeant came to my cell. The correctional officers stood directly in front of my cell gate door, the sergeant to their right. The sergeant then stated, “You are refusing to move to A-Block.” I replied “No.” I explained that I did not understand why I was being moved. The sergeant then asked, “Are you afraid to move to A-Block?” I replied “No.” At that point the cell gate door opened, and the four correctional officers rushed into my cell, and began assaulting me for no apparent reason. I believe this assault was racially motivated because the correctional officers and the sergeant were all Hispanic.

The sergeant stood by watching the correctional officers punch and kick me in the head and body area. The first correctional officer that had entered my cell punched me in the face and grabbed my right wrist, pushing me backward until I hit the back-cell wall (near the sink and toilet area). The second correctional officer began kicking me in the groin and stomach area. I fell over the correctional officer, then he grabbed me around my head and neck pulling me onto the bed in my cell. The first correctional officer was still holding my wrist while this took place, then the third CO started punching me on the left side of my face, while both of the other CO’s put handcuffs on me. 

Sergeant F. Caraballo, CO’s J. Ayala, Amaro and V. Young, (R.N.) filed several falsified reports in an attempt to mislead, cover up and understate this assault from Prison Administrators. (see Use of Force Report, Misbehavior Report, and Inmate Injury Report). The sergeant and CO’s involved in this attack made false statements in order to justify their illegal use of force. Because the assault took place in R-#25 cell location and not on R-Company Gallery as indicated by prison staff, V. Young R.N. did not report all of my injuries. She did not, for example, note that I was bleeding from my right nostril and upper lip. I have filed a facility grievance complaint in regard to this assault, as well as a separate complaint with the office of special investigation, in order to expose this abuse of authority.

Byron K.  Brown
DIN 98A2129
May 3, 2019
Sing Sing Correctional Facility

Update on Shane & Family

Shane Watson is doing well. I spoke with Shane yesterday and he was in good spirits. He and his wife Paula, along with their children Zion...