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Prison Penpal Listing Clifford Pinellas – Inmate Penpal #072613-2210

Start date : February 24, 2014  ¤  Listed in : Male Inmates Age 36 - 40

My name is Clifford Marvel Pinellas.

I’m 35 years old. Born in Orlando, Florida on 12.02.1977 to Mr. Dwight and Mrs. Vaciel Pinellas. I was the first child my mother had and the youngest out of six kids my father had from previous relationships.

Most of my life I was raised up in Kissimmee, Florida with both parents, and being the only child in the household most of the time.

In July, 1981 my mom gave birth to her second son who passed away in January, 1982. This symbolized the beginning of the destruction that would eventually affect us all mentally and physically. The death of my brother caused my parents to fight and embrace powdered cocaine to help ease the pain.

At that time, although I was young — I understood and was able to see and feel the pain that surrounded me daily. This caused me to act out and I found myself being kicked out of 1st and 3rd grade. Right before the 90’s the fights ended and my dad tried to step up to be a man and embrace God.

But, on the flip side of the coin my poor mother was damaged mentally and physically and began to smoke crack. At that very moment my life changed and would never be the same. All throughout the early 90’s I witnessed my mom sneak around and buy crack and smoke it in the bathroom right under my dads nose.

Each time I was either bribed with candy or to play my game longer for me to go get it with her. It broke my heart. All the time she thought I was too young to understand I actually knew everything she was doing, and as the years continued to go on I eventually found myself in a terrible situation.

I was wanting to tell my dad but scared I would tear their marriage apart. My fear eventually turned to hate and I ran the streets with the intention to emotionally hurt my mom like she’d done to me.

By the age of 15 I was hanging out, skipping school and selling drugs. I had my son at 16 and really began to rebel to the point my mom kicked me out. At this point I didn’t think of God much. Until I was shot four times that summer. After that night I knew and believed that God had saved me. However, with my mom continuing to sneak her drug use, my frustration led me back to the streets full-time.

In 1999 I went to prison for the first time. It was during this time my mom was diagnosed with hepatitis and joined the Church in Kissimmee with my father. She gave her life to God and has been drug-free ever since.

I got released in July of 2001 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where I did good for two months before returning back to the streets. I moved back to Florida in 2002 and found myself falling deeper and deeper into the drug world. I had no sense of direction. I was a lost soul chasing death.

My mother begged me to change and give my life to God, but it fell on deaf ears and I stayed in the streets. 2004 I was arrested for trafficking, fleeing to elude and possession. I was given 15 years. While this totally broke me down, I never blamed anyone. I spent 8.5 years and never reached out to God because I always believed that when it was my time God would come to me.

I felt no need to seek Him or His protection despite my situation. I know guys come to prison and use God as a tool to keep bad guys from messing with them — or guys using the Word to make their situation better, but as soon as their release the leave God and the Bible in their cell. I refuse to be like them.

I’ve always told myself that when I embrace God and His Word, it would be with no turning back. Today I’ve been in prison 9.5 years with 5 more to go, and here recently I’ve started reading my Bible searching. And the more I read, the more I’m beginning to feel alive. I’m beginning to realize my soul has been empty all of these years and it’s finally being filled.

I decided to open up and write this Bio in hopes that God will help me to heal my uncovered pain — and I’ll also have an opportunity to correspond with people who could help me with my walk in Christ, because this is all new to me.

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Clifford Pinellas  #X17027
Gulf Correctional Institution
500 Ike Steele Road
Wewahitchka, Florida  32465

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Sex : Male
Race : African American
Date of birth : 12.02.1977
Height : 5′ 9″
Weight : 170lbs.
Religion : Christian
Sexual Orientation : Straight
Astrological Sign : —
Marital Status : Single
Have children : —
Education : Some College Occupation before prison : Welding
Activities while in prison : Football, Basketball, Working-out, Writing, Reading

Incarcerated by :  Florida DOC
Eligible for parole : No
Parole board date : —
On death row : No
Serving a Life Sentence : No
Release date : 04.2020
Incarcerated Since : 2004
First time incarcerated : No
Convicted of : Dealing Cocaine, Carjacking, Fleeing to elude
 

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