Discover Insights From Federal Prison Camp: Memorializing a Journey to Prison Camp with James Catlidge #1
Let me start by saying It's good to have friends and even better during the tough times.
I wanted to give you each an update on my case. Nearing the end now, I spent 6 years fighting the FALSE charges and in summer of this year negotiated a plea. We are preparing for a sentencing hearing for me on the 12th (This coming wednesday) ...Thank you Jack, John, Steve, Margaret, Charles, Randy, Jerry and MOM who will be in attendance!
The Judge has many options:
-Up to a 60 month cap in a minimum security camp
-or Home confinement
- OR Any combination of the above
This has been an exhausting protracted battle and I feel somewhat relieved that the end is insight. The financial cost (for those curious) were 8.3 million in legal and an additional 3.1 million Tiffany and I personally decided to give to those who lost money in the project. These are not the cost that matter most however.... Those much more meaningful cost are too difficult to lay out here.
Through it all , so many of you have been there to comfort and counsel me through each twist and turn. It’s one thing to be innocent and accused of a fraud and compelled to accept a plea, an entirely different matter to be a friend to someone in that circumstance. I know that’s not easy either, what to say? should I bring it up? does he want to talk about it, did he do it?, none of this has been easy for you. You have made me stronger and I'm very fortunate to have had you in my corner from the beginning.
I wanted to share some insight into what can happen inside a person going through a situation like this, so that maybe you can glean some perspective into my mindset. First of all, there is a peace of mind available to anyone falsely accused. You cant be too afraid knowing they are wrong! When this all began to unfold in 2008 I knew the road may get nasty, I was counseled to go and get a serious physical. I went and had an executive physical completed to establish a baseline understanding of my mental and physical health. Scripps took 3 days and I met with 9 different doctors with various expertise. They provided me a binder with unique insight into my overall health. I also, shared with the psychiatrist (provided by Scripps) the recent legal battle beginning to unfold. The doctor gave me excellent advice. In short, he said this! “ become very physical, get fighting fit and become completely engaged in a deeply creative venture. These two tasks along with my children, my family and each of you have all kept me alive and hopeful! Those of you who know me well have seen this in real time.
I also have been forced to stop my career and that new found time has allowed me to focus on each of my children and their unique needs, this time became a blessing, unforeseen but so valuable for me and I hope for them. This 10 years has been a life lesson in blessings and kindness as well as observing friendships built on sandy soil versus the lasting kind. I’m prepared completely for the road ahead and that’s been made so much easier by you. There is no manual for any of this. Your genuine concern for me and my family has taught me how to be a better friend. I thank you and love you very much!!!! I’ll send out a final update after sentencing. Thank you for always being in my corner. If you would include me in your family and personal prayers i know it will matter.