State Prisoners

 

Orville Lee Wollard

Orville is serving a mandatory 20-year prison sentence under Florida’s 10-20-Life law after firing a bullet into a wall to scare off his daughter’s abusive boyfriend. Orville Lee Wollard typifies what it means to be an American. He has spent his life bettering himself to get ahead – and for his family. After receiving an… Read more »


Ronald Thompson

Ronald, a disabled veteran, was sentenced to a mandatory 20 years in prison under Florida’s 10-20-Life law after he fired warning shots to protect a friend. Ronald Thompson is a 100% disabled veteran who spent 14 years in the Army (1966-1980). After his service, Thompson remained active in veterans’ affairs. In addition to acting as… Read more »


Eric Duphily

Eric was sentenced to 13 years in prison for trafficking cocaine to finance his addiction. He was granted parole in 2013 thanks to 2012 sentencing reforms. After finishing high school, Eric immediately began to work full-time in landscaping and construction. He learned his strong work ethic from his mother, who worked hard to provide for… Read more »


Marla Swearingen

Marla was sentenced to a 20-year mandatory prison term when she fired a warning shot to break up a fight. She appealed her case and ultimately served the remainder of a year in county jail. Compared to many people convicted under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, she was lucky. Marla Swearingen is a 50-year-old mother and grandmother… Read more »


Scott Earle

A first-time offender, Scott received a 25-year prison sentence for acting as a middleman between a painkiller supplier and an undercover police officer who told Scott she was experiencing back pain. Scott began using painkillers after a sports injury when he was a teenager. After being in several car accidents, his dependence on the medication… Read more »


Marissa Alexander

Marissa was sentenced to a mandatory 20-year prison term under Florida’s 10-20-Life law for firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband. Even the law’s author seemed to think the sentence was inappropriate. In 2014, however, her sentence was overturned, and in 2015, Marissa was released after three years of incarceration, receiving two… Read more »


Robert Anger

Twenty-two years old and selling drugs to finance his drug addiction, Robert was arrested during a drug transaction, along with the supplier. The supplier fled before trial, and Robert received a mandatory 15-year sentence for trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine, based solely on the weight of the cocaine. At sentencing, Judge Judd J. Carhart… Read more »