Hi, my name is Tony Smith. I am 43 years of age and have been incarcerated since 1998. To address the pink elephant in the room, so to speak, I was convicted for the crime of murder.
When I was a young boy, did I ever think that I would be locked up for murder? ABSOLUTELY NOT! In fact, my goal was to be a millionaire/businessman by the time I reached the age of 28.
I became an event planner/concert promoter by the age of 18 (see “The Weekender” in The Columbus Dispatch Newspaper – Thursday, April 8, 1993 – page 10). There are other newspaper articles publicizing events that I planned, organized, coordinated, and promoted featuring national recording artists such as Bone Thugs N Harmony, Mack 10, Outkast, and others. I also had made contact with music moguls such as Russell Simmons, Raphael Sideeq, managers of various recording artists, actors, and many other entertainment figures. I had dreams and aspirations of making it big. Anyone that met me, or knew me personally, would have never thought or believed that I would be in this predicament – and neither did I – not in a million years.
Twenty (20) long years of reflection, soul-searching, prayer, and transformation has taken place to develop me into the man that I am today. The blogs posted will not reflect who I was at the age of twenty-three (23), when I was incarcerated, but rather, who I am now at the age of forty-three (43).
I have invested my time wisely these last twenty (20) years. I’ve only had one (1) disciplinary situation during this time, but the majority of my energy has been used to complete over one-hundred (100) programs offered by the prison system, volunteers, and correspondence – some documented, some not. I’ve contributed to the lives of fellow prisoners through mentoring and creating several programs which are currently in use by the prison system to assist in transforming the lives of inmates.
There are many other things that I’m involved in, such as helping the community that exists outside of prison walls; I sit on the Executive Committee of the MCI – NAACP Prison Branch, serving in capacity of Vice President, where we donate thousands of dollars to the Battered Women’s Shelter, Mental Health programs, Reentry Programs, etc.
On a daily basis, I attempt to keep a positive mindset, despite my current circumstance. I serve the Lord Jesus Christ and keep hope alive in my heart. My goals have changed over the years. I now want to help as many people as possible and give, give, give……. especially since I was responsible for taking the beautiful life of Ms. Lilius Landrum from this earth. I am ashamed, embarrassed, and deeply sorrowful for being a vessel used to do such a purely evil deed. The least I can do with my life, even if from behind prison walls, is dedicate myself to doing good for the rest of my days. It will never bring Lilius back, or make up for my wrong, but I have to do what I can do to make amends to everyone I’ve hurt through my actions. And even though Lilius can’t benefit personally from any good deed I may be able to do for others, they can stand in proxy of my victim – the beautiful and kind-hearted, Ms. Lilius Landrum. God bless her soul. Please forgive me Lilius for what I did as a young man to you….
If any readers of my blog postings would like to contact me, please feel free to do so by either:
Tony Rahmel Smith, #367-391
Marion Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 57
Marion, Ohio 43301
E-mail (you must set up an account through J-pay.com by entering my inmate DOC #, which is 367-391).
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