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Theresa Battles
Sentence: Life Without Parole (LWOP)
Charges: Conspiracy to second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

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March 24, 2012.

My name is Teresa Battles. I am serving a life sentence here at Muncy State Correctional institution. I was found guilty of conspiracy to second-degree murder and aggravated assault. There were two victims, one died and the other was wounded.

I did not shoot or agree to kill anyone, and have served 25 years at Muncy thus far. Uneducated about the law, I depended on jailhouse lawyers to direct me towards freedom through the appeal process. This ended up being the wrong thing to do, and fell under the time barred laws. Through the years, I've tried to learn how to restore my appeals and have been unsuccessful.

I found out through my trial that my co-defendant had engaged in a list of criminal behaviors unbeknownst to me. And at the time of this crime, I feared for my life and did not testify. It was one of the biggest mistakes in my life.

During the course of my incarceration, I've grown up in prison. I am a mother of one child who is now an adult.

At age 51, I've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and female problems. I do not want to die in prison. I've seen this population go from 600 to 1600 over two decades. The same women coming back and forth and women who have committed heinous crimes and get less time.

I'm asking for another chance to be free of those charges. In Pennsylvania a life sentence means life. I hope that your organization can assist me.


Theresa Battles
Write Me. I would love to correspond.

Theresa Battles
PO Box 180
Muncy, PA 17756
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