Chad Rhodes

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Chad L. Rhodes

My name is Chad Rhodes, and I commence my wording by expressing my sincere veneration to all who read this notation in hopes to gain some needed support that’ll be immensely appreciated.

I’m from Oakland, CA and I’m currently serving an LWOP (Life w/o the Possibility of Parole) sentence for an Oakland cop killing in January of 1999. I ask that no one be judgmental or bias toward me in any way due to my sentencing case or circumstances for things aren’t what they appear to be, just because one is sentenced by the system. When the system fails by their own nescience of jurisprudence, then I think it’s time for “Democracy” (The People) to bring about emendation by supporting those that were unjustly henced by the system.

Right now lawyers are looking at my case and I am waiting for a response. I’m immured at CSP-Solano, regardless of my horrid and draconian situation I am still very optimistic and driven by constructive thought. I’m goal and career oriented and on a daily basis, I study and apply myself to attributes that enable me to move forward progressively and intellectually. As of lately I’ve been looking over a few books on real estate and business. I’m very ambitious and refuse to let my unfortunate situation deter me from prospering in a productive form. I have so much to offer that can be beneficial, and whether I’m fortunate enough to be exonerated of my case or not, I will continue down a path of progression.

I may be just a stranger to most, but also remember that I am a human being like yourselves and have been unjustly imprisoned; and this is why I’m asking for support from my counter-parts (other human beings) who are morally based. As I stated earlier, the system failed which resulted to an innocent person (me) to be castigated and deprived of my physical emancipation. It’s imperative that we as people realize that anytime the system fails, it can be anyone of us that pays unjustly – so I ask of your support by doing what you can to bring my situation to light.  Hopefully this country as well as the world will one day see the larger scale of things and understand the erroneousness that exist within systems, and if we don’t support one another  or do anything to change it; then not only are we contributing to inimical ramifications, but we’re also setting negative future for the young to subject themselves to.

I digress by saying that I’ll be grateful for any and all support, and that your time and lending hand will be greatly honored.

For more details concerning my case, you can contact me at:

Chad L. Rhodes, T93699
CSP Solano (B11-202)
P.O. Box 4000
Vacaville, CA 95969


Jan. 6 2018

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A Future Stolen: Walk With Me Now

Greetings, my name is Damone Johnson and I would like to tell you about myself and how I came about being incarcerated.

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Damone Johnson, his  mom and nephews

Well, I consider myself a fair, open-minded person, good-hearted, God-fearing, and hardworking, just to name a few. Back in 1993 the world was different. I had just turned 21 years old and never really was focused on who I was or where I was going. I grew up in a community where financial increase was the focus although I never had a problem working hard to earn an honest dollar; from the age of 10 years old, I was fixing on old lawnmowers and going door-to-door in the neighborhood, asking to cut spacious Sacramento lawns while living with my mom.

My dad taught me a good work ethic, so at the age of 12 I got my first official job with a West County Times Paper route (Man! those Sunday editions LoL). As I grew in age, so did my needs and desires, which lead me to seek better employment such as Taco Bell and Jack In the Box, which both had their pros and cons, which resulted in me sleeping in class, so I had to quit. Yes, I was working while still in high school (a Freshman to be exact). So as I became a Sophomore, my desires forced me to acquire better employment with Safeway, who was willing to work with my school schedule and I truly enjoyed working there for over a year. Around this time, I saw that the men in my era were doing less (Streets/Hustling) for a lot more money. So before I knew it, I was no longer a legit worker, but a heavy Pharmaceutical seller, which lead to time in Juvenile Hall, and then 9 months in Byron Boys Ranch, where I turned 18 years old.

The thought of going to State Prison refocused me and I got a job at UPS. My older cousin motivated me and shamed me into earning a living legitimately, although I was still keeping the wrong company which brought all the past negative elements back into my life, but without financial gain.

In 1995, as I heard the Harsh Guilty Verdict of a crime I did not nor could have committed; I say to myself, “Felony Murder! How did I get here!?” Shaking my head. “My life is over…” Fast forward, several years of incarceration, years of constantly studying in different Prison Law Libraries, and perfecting my understanding of this Justice System. God blesses me to truly understand and apply what I have spent all these endless hours learning, which resulted in me discovering that my prosecuting attorney not only was unethical and used false DNA evidence clearly exonerating me of this crime! This evidence was intentionally withheld for 18 years and the FALSE DNA has been retested by today’s technology and proven to be false.

Because I don’t have any financial means to retain a lawyer, I still sit in Prison for a crime I truly didn’t commit. IF I did have the financial means, my case would be on the news about all the injustice of my WRONGFUL CONVICTION. This is my 24th Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthdays and much more. Not only did I lose most of my life, but the passing of my Dad, the person who taught me to ride a bike, how to bathe, brush my teeth, clean up, a strong work ethic, save my money, and talk to people with respect. Yes! I experienced the teaching of a Hands on Father! Literally at times. LoL. I am worthy of your investment in my injustice. I have dignity, honor, respect, and gratitude, but most of all; I’m truly God fearing.

Thank you for reading this excerpt of my life. Hopefully it has intrigued you and I will hear back from you.
Very truly yours,

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Damone Johnson youth picture

Mr. Damone Johnson J-81022
CSP Solano B8-149
Box 4000
Vacaville, California 95696

Pictures: Me, mom and nephew, and an old picture of me. LoL