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Gabriel Roche killed a 17 year old classmate after selling him methamphetamine.  Roche believed the 17 year old, Weston North, was a police informant.  
“You don’t show your demons if you’re not going to let them out,” Roche allegedly told deputies in December 2011.  “He begged and begged,” Roche said of his alleged victim. “Just like a coward.”

I got a letter tonight from a teen inmate that made me cry.

I usually don’t share this type of stuff, but I thought I’d share this today because it gave me a lot of perspective.  If this person (a juvenile sentenced as an adult) can be happy, why can’t we?  He’s still under 21.  When I met him, he was suicidal.  Just a kid in an adult prison with no will to go forward.
Now he is flourishing and I’m so proud of who he’s become.  
So I will share some snippets of the letter.  I don’t use names, so I’ve just put blanks where names are.  The two names are my own and his girlfriends.  I just want you guys to know that writing just one person when they need someone in their lives can make the biggest difference.  So if you feel compelled to write someone you feel needs a friend, don’t hesitate.  Throw caution to the wind.  Just sit down, write your letter, and mail it out.  You might really change the persons life forever.  They might change your life forever.  You never know.

Hey ____,

Hopefully you don’t get this too late.  Prepare yourself for a super lame sappy ass letter.  It’s the best present I can give you, sorry.
Anyway, I can’t even begin to express how much you’ve done for me in the 3 years that I’ve known you.  You’ve basically held my hand & helped me through my lowest, darkest points in life & I assure you that I don’t take it for granted for a single second.  If you hadn’t started talking to me I guarantee I’d be dead right now.  Seriously, you are the first person who has ever made an effort to show me that you support me & believe in me without wanting me to be someone I’m not.
Honestly, for the longest time, the only reason I didn’t kill myself was because I couldn’t bring myself to do it before I got to give you a hug & actually talk to you face to face.  & if I didn’t have you then I wouldn’t have met ____ & I can’t thank you enough for getting her to write me.  That is the best thing you could have ever done for me, & I will always owe you for that.  Without you I wouldn’t have a TV, or be as good of an Artist or even have what little bit of a relationship I have with my mom.  You are the most reliable person in my life.  I know that if you say you’ll do something for me, it’s as good as done.  I’m a very untrusting person, so it’s nice to have someone who I know I can trust & rely on 100%.  I can’t thank you enough for that.  I defend you vehemently whenever my family tries to criticize you, which by the way they’ve stopped doing.  It makes me incredibly angry when they try to say you’re not a real friend.  I’ve told them repeatedly how without all you do for me I’d have killed myself & then they’ll say I have them & I’m like “NO I DON’T!”.  They don’t like when I point out how they’ve sat back & let me do my time on my own, & you’re the one who’s done all the stuff they should be doing   I wish I could like do something for you.  When do you think you’ll be able to visit again?  I wish I could see you more often, but it’s okay.  I promise I won’t always be so awkward, I just have to get used to you.  I really did love seeing you face to face though, & giving you a hug was great!  Although I was unprepared for the kiss & it startled me (I only kissed him on the cheek guys so don’t get any ideas) but it was nice too!
I don’t know if ______ told you, but she’s gonna try to kiss me on the lips & if that happens I swear I’ll die!
I just got my books, & want to thank you endlessly.  Honestly, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you.  I always feel bad cuz I don’t call you more often & you do so much for me, but every time I use the phone I call ____.  I can’t help it.  I’m in love with her!
& My mind is much clearer these days.  I haven’t done any drugs in over 3 months!!!!  I love you & can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done & continue to do for me!

Kevin Davis, an 18 year old from Corpus Christi Texas killed his own mother by beating her with a hammer, strangling her with a cord, and stabbing her in the head.  He then raped her corpse, telling investigators “Guess I lost my virginity to a dead corpse.”

“I don’t have standards, I don’t have morals. A body’s a body – a piece of meat,” Davis said.

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Utah teen Joshua David Canfield was arrested at 17 in March, 2014 and charged with first-degree felony murder, aggravated robbery, second-degree felony arson, theft, obstruction of justice, third-degree felony assault, drug possession, class A misdemeanor theft, and assault against a police officer.  Canfield killed a 58 year old woman, stole firearms and collectible coins from her.  However, the teen was found incompetent to stand trial.  During his first year in jail awaiting trial, Canfield tried to take his life several times.  In the first picture above he was placed in that neck brace in order to avoid hurting himself.  He was sent to a mental hospital for evaluation.  It is said that Canfield struggled with drug addiction and that lead to his crime.  In 2016, Canfield plead guilty.
“I’m ready to proceed with this case and just get things settled and make up for what I did,” Canfield told Walton as the judge discussed the trial rights Canfield is giving up. “It’s just a matter of solving this issue. It’s been a big issue for a couple years now, almost. It’s all a sickening situation, really. … As long as we can proceed and get things settled, it seems like a fair deal to me.”