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Inmate pen-pal profiles: reading between the lines

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There are numerous webpages for incarcerated individuals to post their photos and profiles in the hopes of meeting friends, love, and more. Some are sincere. Some will explain why they are in prison. Some will not tell the whole story; the reader must learn to read between the lines. Here are just a few inmates who fall into the latter group.

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Leah Ward #399626
Leah Ward #399626 www.meet-an-inmate.com

Leah Ward #399626

Leah Ward #399626 shot her husband in the chest, attempted to cut off his leg, cut off his head, and left him in their home while she moved out. Witnesses to her behavior testified Ward was very unstable and abusive to her husband. Ward's ad reads in part, "I am seeking long-lasting friendships. I have a huge heart and love to listen to people. Not only am I very attractive on the outside, but very beautiful on the inside as well!"

Max Parra #K73816
Max Parra #K73816 www.meet-an-inmate.com

Max Parra #K73816

Max Parra #K73816 promises "I'm an open minded person. I would be a true friend who would keep it real with you." He was convicted of one count of  murder when he shot a man, and one count of attempted murder when he shot a second man in the foot.

Myesha Herndon #WE2357
Myesha Herndon #WE2357 www.meet-an-inmate.com

Myesha Herndon #WE2357

Myesha Herndon #WE2357 had burglarized at least 14 homes in her own neighborhood when she was arrested. Herndon's ad reads in part:  "I'm single and looking for someone who I can … hopefully spend the rest of my life with. I'm spontaneous … and always looking to try new things. I'm interested in someone who is mentally and financially stable." Herndon was arrested in 2010 for what detectives called "a string of felony burglary charges."

Joshua Hallberg #192178
Joshua Hallberg #192178 www.meet-an-inmate.com

Joshua Hallberg #192178

Joshua Hallberg #192178 was arrested for first degree felony rape and convicted in 2009. He is a registered sex offender. He writes potential pen-pals: "I'm a positive person who does my best to always have a smile on my face and help those who ask. I'm also a family oriented person and a good friend."

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