Framed for Murder?

Framed for Murder?

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Genre: Mystery and Crime

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Status: In Progress

Genre: Mystery and Crime

Summary

A young basketball player's life takes a wrong turn.
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A young basketball player's life takes a wrong turn.

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Submitted: April 15, 2017

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Submitted: April 15, 2017

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This is a true story as told to me by the prisoner. His name has been changed to protect identity.

My name is John Visconte. I reside in a Texas prison convicted of second degree murder. My sentence is twenty years . The evidence was circumstantial and I believe I was framed. Did I kill this man? You be the judge.

I was arrested in Denver in a homeless encampment, far from the scene of the crime on the word of another Texas homeless man.

At one time, I was the star basketball player for the University of North Carolina . My grandfather was commissioner of our county. Life was good and the future promising, but time and drugs have a way of replacing dreams. I was raised by a single mother without a father to give instructions in life. After turning twenty, Mom did not have the resources to keep me around. I started drinking and missing work. I decided to hit the road learning the strategies of panhandling for food and alcohol. My mistake was stopping in that small Texas town.

The prosecutor offered a deal if I would plead guilty to manslaughter, but since I had no part in the man's death, I refused. The jury did not know about the deal, but they heard an alternate summary of events and this sealed my fate:

"Three homeless men spent the afternoon of January 14 drinking in a vacant lot. One of the men, Walter, identified the defendant as involved in an altercation with the victim, threatening him with a large chunk of cement. The night before, the men had slept in an underground chamber of an old house, burrowing their way like moles. After waking, they proceeded to panhandle for food and alcohol. This is the way they live."

I was convicted for being homeless, not for murdering this man. I said as much at my sentencing.

The victim was alive when I left Texas that day. The witness, Walter did not appear at trial. His location was unknown. If I know anything, I know that the constitution states that we must be able to question the witnesses against us. All else is hearsay.

Today - I am a model prisoner and in charge of all sports at the facility. This is not what I had in mind when I put on the UNC uniform so many years ago.

.......I used UNC, but I am not certain which North Carolina state college was his school...


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