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Shawn Perrigin – Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
First of all I wanna say that I’m an Avid reader and Big fan of the Columbus Packet. I am currently serving a life sentence in Alabama for first degree burglary. I was sentenced under the Habitual offender act. I had no priors in AL. Although I did have priors in Ms. One was for burglary which I was sentenced to the Rid program, (which stands for Regimented Inmate Discipline program). The other was for grand larceny. Alabama never offered me a plea bargain and I was forced to go to trial. At which I was found Guilty and sentenced to life in prison. To me that is unjust to give someone a life sentence for burglary and it being the first time offense in that state. Not only that I have been out of MDOC system since 2003. I m not saying I’m not guilty of my crimes, because I am, I’m just saying I don’t deserve a life sentence. I mean I was given a sentence like I hurt or killed someone which I didn’t. My name is Shawn Perrigin and I am 31 years old and doing life in a state that I don’t even live. I am a native from Columbus, Ms. I would very much appreciate it if you would publish my letter to bring to light how the Justice system is here in Alabama and how I was railroaded. I would very much like any advice or someone that knows the law to help me with my situation. I would also like to receive any comments or feedback regarding my situation.
Sincerely,
Shawn Perrigin#266755
LCF H-Dorm 120A
28779 Nick Davis Rd.
Harvest, Al 3574
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18 comments

  1. Hmmm, I guess Shawn figured since he’d been found guilty in Ms, he would head across into Al and continue on his burglary spree. It doesn’t appear that it worked out the way he planned.

  2. I think the Packet should start a special section of letters from prisoners since they seem to publish so many. That way, us law abiding people can skip over the whole section of the whiners who got caught.

  3. Robert Sanderson

    Habitual Offender = they know you are too dumb to be out because you will commit another illegal act. You have proven this to them.
    You were not railroaded. You committed three crimes and now you get to live with the consequences. Alabama does not have to be lenient on you you crossed state lines to commit a crime in their state. No one has to offer you a plea bargain, you should have gotten a better lawyer or better yet, not committed a crime at all.
    Don’t think for one second that the crimes you have willingly included yourself in don’t hurt people. It isn’t burglary if you take something that isn’t yours. That hurts people. It isn’t larceny if you don’t ‘remove of the tangible personal property of another with the intent to deprive him or her of its possession permanently.’ That to hurts people.
    Then you did it again. Alabama just told you how stupid you were. So suck it up, enjoy your free meals, TV and all of the other amenities that we have to work to provide you now and maybe, just maybe you will learn something from this even though your record proves differently. Meanwhile we will enjoy the peace of knowing that for 10-15 years you won’t be stealing anything from us.

  4. Paige

    I am sorry that he is in prison for life and I am sorry that my tax dollars are paying for him to be there, but you know how I avoid prison? I dont steal. Everyday I wake up and go to work, not because it is fun, but because I like my house, and car and electricity and I have to pay for these things.

    So you think that I should go to work and pay for these nice things that I have, and then you can just sneak in, in the middle of the night and take them because you want the same nice things…You just dont think YOU should have to work for them and earn them? Is that about right?

    From free health care to abuse of government aid programs…I AM TIRED OF IT! Get a job and be a productive member of society and abide by the rules or live in poverty and stop expecting hand outs!

    And now you want sympathy and help to spend MORE of my tax dollars to appeal a crime that you did admittedly commit?

    God help us all.

  5. Using Shawn’s reasoning, someone could commit a crime or crimes 100 times as long as they never committed over 2 crimes per state b4 the 3 strikes law should take effect. However, Alabama’s habitual-offender law has been amended several times: In 2000, for example, the Legislature passed an amendment to allow judges to give sentences other than life without parole in certain cases. In August 2004, the Alabama Supreme Court unanimously upheld a 2001 amendment that allows nonviolent inmates already serving life terms to seek new, lighter sentences.

    • Schoolmate-you went to Starkville schools...

      I call that HOME INVASION with 2 runaway minor girls. I wish he woulda done that to my home. 45acp woulda stopped all this whining. I knew Shawn since we were kids. Always has been a criminal. He thought he had it beat when he went to Alabama to do his dirt. Serves you right you POS.

  6. Jeremy

    I have news for Shawn, states are fed up with these repeat offenders. So many states are starting to count strikes commited in other states. Which I think they should. To me it is unfair to allow a criminal to commit these crimes in one state, then move on to another state and commit more crimes and they not count against him just because they were not commited in that same state. I am from Columbus, born and raised. It was a great place to grow up. But like many towns it’s always had it’s fair share of crime. It is about time these criminals pay for what they do. And burglary often carries a “life sentence” because there was a weapon involved.

    The threat of deadly force with any type of weapon should be taken more seriously than just simply stealing something. Most of these burglaries are commited at gun point. Some of them ending badly with someone shot or dead. So that is why burglary carries a life sentence. Guess we shouldn’t give Arsonist life sentences either when they cause millions of dollars in damages and lives lost?

    Fact is you do the crime, be ready to do the time!

  7. @Tim: I know there are exceptions to every case, but Shawn’s letter gave the perception that he was just a “victim” of the system and that his crime(s) were not so bad. When I read up on the Habitual Offender Law in Ala and realized judges have some room in sentencing, etc., I decided to find out the rest of the story concerning his case. And, alas…..I did!

  8. i bet no one on here every mad a mistake or had family or friends that mistakes and i dont think no crime deserves to spend the rest of your life in prison unless u take someones life no ones perfect and we all make mistakes only God deserves the right to judge and you Cee Bee they dont lose there right to speak or be heard if you dont like it dont read it!

  9. Peggy

    First I would like to say, He that is without sin in their own life, Let him cast the First stone.
    At least, he was man enough to admit how wrong he was. He also has a very repented heart and tries to help others not to make the same mistakes again.
    What you don’t know or understand, Shawn had a very difficult time since he was a young boy.
    My Mother practically raised him until he was a teenager. Shawn is really not a bad person, he just got around the wrong people.
    Shawn lost his beautiful sister, Chrystal Lea Perrigin was killed in a truck, where it turned over 6 or 7 times and she had a broken leg, and a ruptured sleen. She was brain-dead and had just gotten married and her husband was over in Turkey fighting for America. He was given the earth shattering news about his wife that he was married to for 1 week. She had just turned 18 when she had her life taken from her. This caused a lot of hurt, pain, and trauma, knowing his sister was gone forever and never would he be able to sing to her, laugh with her, and cry with her, ever again.
    There were other terrible situations that I won’t mention.
    But this I can and will say, is that Shawn Perrigin is a very intelligent person that is also very gifted in singing and was very much of a hard worker that didn’t have a lazy bone in his body.
    Shawn, does not deserve a life sentence and I feel he should be given some leniancy in this matter.
    Shawn would give anyone the shirt off his back because that is the way he is.
    I do believe he will come out of there once someone looks at his file and and all the mistakes written in paper about what occured and where it occured.
    It appeared to me, that everything was just pointing toward Shawn, as if he was the only person involved, and this isn;t true. I don’t even know if other guy with him is doing any time like Shawn or not????
    Shawn was always helping his Grandmother doing different errands for her. I hope someone will realize that he is very sorry and repents about everything.
    Please, I beg of you try putting yourself in his shoes, instead of being so quick to judge.
    Forever Gratefull, Peggy

  10. Debra

    First of all, I understand mistakes. However, using a gun to rob someone is not a mistake. When you have a gun pointed at you, it changes you forever. No one has the right to scare a person like that. I am sorry that Shawn had a bad childhood, but his adult life is his choice. He is responsible for his choices. At what time in your life do you quit blaming someone else or a bad childhood. To me, these are just excuses.

    If he has changed that is great, since he is doing a life sentence, this obviously where God wants him. I for one am tired of people committing crimes and they are out in no time.

    I will however pray that God will give Shawn peace and show him the work that he needs to do.

  11. Becky Ostler

    Well first of all i want to say i’ve know Shawn for 6 years and he has a heart of gold. He would never hurt anyone or anything… Yes he got mixed up with the wrong crowd and that’s what he chose but we don’t need to point the finger cause we really don’t know what happened and who was involved… There was a person on here not to long ago that said the picture was very close i wonder who that person is that said that! I have been searching alot of info myself on this case and come to find out Shawn is right he did not get to have an appeal or have a right to anything due to other alligation towards him. All i’m saying is Shawn was my ex husband and he is a good man and very loving! There is other people involved besides him…. Why didn’t they get the other people as well instead of pinning it all on Shawn. I have found alot of differences in this case and alot does not make sense!! Shawn was set up and i wish i knew who else it was that was with them at the time of the robbery and the incident. People need to stop pointing the finger and look into the truth and what happened…If you don’t know the story don’t assume cause the only one that knows is Shawn. If you know anyone else who was involved or know anything please speak up cause it will really help!!! Shawn is serving a life sentence … Would you like to serve a life sentence for somethings you didn’t do? Well we all need to come together to help solve this case soon!!

  12. sarah

    the mlstakes shawn made is in gods care. shawn does have a mental condition he was injured when he was nine years old. his head hit the corner of the brick building at the V.F.W. in columbus ms . he still has the scar under his left eye and he was never compensated ,he has had to live with it. he does the best he can. i hope some day he will be well a WITNESS

  13. Becky

    Well, first of all, I want to say I’ve known Shawn for 6 years, and he has a heart of gold. He would never hurt anyone or anything… Yes, he got mixed up with the wrong crowd and that’s what he chose. But we don’t need to point the finger because we really don’t know what happened and who else was involved… There was a person on here not too long ago that said the picture was very close. I wonder who that person is that said that! I have been searching a lot of info myself on this case; and, come to find out, Shawn is right–he did not get to have an appeal or have a right to anything due to other allegation towards him. All I’m saying is–Shawn was my ex husband and he is a good man and very loving! There are other people involved besides him…. Why didn’t they get the other people as well, instead of pinning it all on Shawn. I have found a lot of differences in this case, and much does not make sense!! Shawn was set up, and I wish I knew who else it was that was with them at the time of the robbery and the incident. People need to stop pointing the finger and look into the truth and what happened…If you don’t know the story, don’t assume, because the only one that knows is Shawn. If you know anyone else who was involved or know anything else about the incident, please speak up because it will really help!!! Shawn is serving a life sentence. He admits what he did, but does he really deserve a life sentence? That is what should be reserved for murderers and rapists, isn’t it? A person deserves a second chance, especially when they are expressing a desire to live a better life. Thank you if you know of anything that might help in this situation.

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