“At the time of my arrest, I had a point score of 0. I had no prior convictions, juvenile record, etc. The prosecutor did an excellent job in discrediting me in front of the jury. It was not necessary for the DASarita Miller
during my trial to question my ex partner about my sexual performances with her. During DA Lineberger opening statement I was referred to as a predator. Also by the DA during questioning of Commonwealth jailhouse witness· Lakia Green, I was referred to by the DA as “an admitted murderer.” I will be the first to admit that my past life was totally messed up. This is no excuse, but what junkie has a normal life? I never admitted to this crime as being the sole perpetrator.”
The majority of respondents (59%) were first-time offenders. Survey after survey reported no or minor criminal histories prior to the participants’ current life sentence. Of all the respondents, only five listed a previous conviction for a violent offense. And most participants (63%) had never even been arrested prior to the current sentence.