My appellate attorney tells me I have solid grounds for an appeal. Not a slam-dunk, but it’s something!
He said he can’t promise me anything and my kind of case is one of the hardest to get over-turned. That dampened my spirits a bit, but I’m not surprised. He also told me that he would have never waived the jury panel (as my lawyer suggested I do – so I did) because the judge who heard my case has a track record of being extremely prosecution biased. Great news…about a year and a half late.
Bottom line: I have two long shots at parole and almost three years in confinement before I’m through my appeals process.
Every day that goes by makes it more difficult to maintain a positive outlook. I’ve been incarcerated for almost two years now. Worst case scenario, I’m in here another two years. There comes a point when my guilt or innocence is completely irrelevant…I don’t know if I’m at that point yet, but I feel it looming. The fact is, I’m a convict now. My life is irreversibly changed. Even if my case is overturned in appeals, I don’t think I could return to the military and rejoin the ranks of the soldiers I used to care so deeply for. I’ve built up so much animosity that I don’t think I’d be able to function in the job I loved that I was ripped out of. I don’t know what my future will hold, but I’m thankful for the friends and family who are still standing beside me.