VANGUARD INCARCERATED PRESS: My Story

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By Reco Daniels 

My name is Reco Mareese Daniels and I am serving an initial sentence of 1,044 months. I was sentenced to die in prison. On August 12, 2012, out of nowhere I was charged and indicted in a 5-man indictment, as the leader of the Blood Gang, in Montgomery, Alabama, for an 8-count indictment of alleged robberies, attempted carjacking, carjacking, and Hobbs Act (affecting interstate commerce) robbery.

It started as an initial investigation for the death of a United States Postman in Camphill, Alabama, something I had nothing to do with. Nor do I know anything about—due to the fact I was in jail on unrelated charges. Days later after the initial investigation 6-7 policemen entered the jail armed with guns and tasers. They searched my cell and took all of my mail and pictures, etc. They told my fiancée all types of lies to get her to talk to them, alleging that I was unfaithful; in which she instructed her daughter to do whatever to save herself, which resulted in lies, and me being charged almost 2 years later for the above charges.

The original investigator for these charges, Sgt. Briggs of the Montgomery County Sheriff Department, was reprimanded and suspended for failure to arrest and prosecute me. She stated on the stand during trial that there was no evidence linking me to the crime. The house where the crimes were alleged to have happened was owned by a convicted drug dealer, whereas drugs and a loaded 357 handgun was said to have been found. An infant child was living in the home.

The Assistant US Attorney, AUSA Monica Ann Stump, and Brandon Essiq; choreographed through coerced testimony during trial, corroborated and  implicated me to have assaulted the victim and disarming a firearm in the house around an infant child. I am presumed to have endangered the child by my alleged actions, but the occupants of the home, that the police found the drugs and firearm in, weren’t found careless or the endangering child.

Jeniffer Conway used every lie and thing she could to convict me, yet the alleged victims didn’t get charged with anything. But Sgt. Briggs was reprimanded and humiliated for not charging me for something I had nothing to do with.  My own first cousins, 3 sisters, and kids told lies just to condemn me.

During deliberation in a joint trial, the jurors wrote a note to Judge William Keith Watkins asking what they can or can’t find me guilty of. Not knowing his response, 45 minutes later I was found guilty on all counts, when this should’ve been a mistrial. I got an illegal sentence on count 1, 2, 4 and 6 of 30 years when I could get no more than 20 years, and consecutive 57 years on counts 3, 5, and 7.

In the last I have been to Court at times and under new law following the First Step Act. Counts 3, 5 and 7 went down to 17 years, now counts 1, 2, 4 and 6 are consecutive and in total I have 900 months. Judge Watkins is  Klu-Klux-Klansman, and wants me to die in prison.

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