Dear Mr. Richardson, Editor in Chief,
I entered Death Row in East Block (San Quentin State Prison) on September 29, 1996. I received a reversal on the death penalty on July 16, 2012. On July 14, 2016, I was moved from San Quentin to D.V.I. at Tracy, Calif. As of today, I have been here in the reception center for 165 days. I was told I would only be here no more than a few weeks, no more than two months.
I would then be moved to another facility where I would be on the mainline, able to once again use the phone, receive all my property, TV, typewriter, hot pot, etc. All this time, I cannot call my attorney, relatives or friends. I cannot even boil water for a cup of tea. I am 81 years old. I hope to be sent to San Luis Obispo – C.M.C.
My main reason for writing to the SQ News is an article on the front page about C.O. Cuevas, on how three inmates saved Mr. Cuevas’ life. Kudos to those three guys. I was elated that Mr. Cuevas is still with us. SQ News is not easy to come by in here.
I was on Death Row for 20 years, knew Mr. Cuevas for many years. I respected him as a C.O. and most of all as a friend. Whenever he came into East Block, He would always say hello to me. My cell was 2-62, the first cell on the end tier so I had a bird’s eye view of the rotunda.
I would like to see in more detail and a picture with Mr. Cuevas together with the inmates who saved his life.
You should also bring it to the attention of channel 5 (KPIX 5, a CBS affiliate station) evening news. Cuevas’ favorite is Roberta Gonzales, who was the weather lady and now I think is an on-scene reporter.
How great would it be for Mr. Cuevas to be interviewed by Roberta and a picture with her and Mr. Cuevas? Mr. Cuevas would be thrilled just to meet Roberta! There should be more C.O.s like Mr. Cuevas who always has a smile for everyone.
John A. Riccardi