The Truth

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” Psalm 46:1-2

“Over the years I have become kind of numb. The people who know and care about me know the truth. The people I care about know I am innocent. I also know what a lot of other people unfortunately think. And to think about it too much can be painful.

In many ways I have been protected from a lot of it though. In juvenile hall we were not allowed to read the newspaper, so I never saw the worst of what the paper said about me or the case. In the county jail I was always able to tell the truth any time it came up and the guys were always shocked. The worst of what I heard came from the District Attorney himself, but I learned very early on that he was not seeking truth and justice.

The hardest thing I heard was in Calipatria at my initial committee review. My “counselor” stood in front of the other committee members and read from some report. It was like I just had to sit there and take punch after punch in the stomach. I have not been back to an annual committee review since.

I know the truth. I know I am innocent. I know I do not belong here. I don’t really care what strangers think. But I also don’t want to be subjected to their verbal cruelty even if they’re just ‘doing their job’. Sometimes I feel weak for how I deal with this. Everyone always says how strong I am for doing so well in here. But in many ways I hide from the reality of what I am in prison for because I know I am innocent and I don’t belong here. When I am asked  I always defend myself, I always tell the truth and state my innocence. But if I am not asked, or even in that committee review, I don’t say anything.

I used to try and just get by, make it through another day. But now I feel like I am living again. You have brought light back into my life. And you make me question whether being silent about my innocence is the right thing.”

excerpt from Sean’s letter 1/17/2015

About Sean & Eiam

Sean O'Brien was wrongfully convicted in adult court in El Dorado County, California and sentenced to Life Without Parole at the age of 16 without a shred of physical evidence tying him to the crime for which he was convicted. Sean and I have been friends since grade school and we were married in 2017. We live and grow together in love with the knowledge of his innocence, our faith, and hope for our future. We embrace this journey, wherever it may take us, cherishing each moment we have together and staying true to our hearts. This blog is about the past we share, our life together and our fight for justice. Thank you for reading. God bless.
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1 Response to The Truth

  1. Debbie says:

    It is very difficult to read my son’s account of what is happening to our family. I do share his same feelings. Debbie


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