Hi. My name is William “G-Down” Shaw and I’ve been in
prison since the age of 18. I was sentenced to 100 years, 4
months, and 4 life sentences. For the past 15 years, I’ve read
your newspaper and I see y’all are about helping people who
have turned their lives around.
The last 5 years, I’ve been trying to do my best to do so. But I’m
not gonna lie. That has been a very hard thing to do. Especially
since I am a fighter and at times that seemed to have been
the best way to relieve the mental and emotional pain of my
life being taken from me for a non-murderer [my crime was for
But I do understand that what I did was very wrong and I am
extremely remorseful. I pray that one day my victims and the
people of California can forgive me.
But the pain of not being able to see my family has really made
me act out in negative ways.
I am taking steps to prove to my family, my victims, and the
people of California that I am not who I was in 2004. I write this
letter in hope that I can get the help I need that would help me
become the man that God meant for me to be.
Thank you, William ”G-Down” Shaw