Kimberly Robinson: Career criminal testified against me
My name is Kimberly Robinson. I am currently serving my third year of a 188 month prison sentence for conspiracy to import. I was a driver for Federal Express for 12 years. A customer sent a package through the mail for delivery. I did what my job required and I delivered it. Until this day I still don’t know what was in that package.
A career criminal testified against me at trial. He stated that the box I delivered and several other boxes that the agents presented at trial were mine. Being a “first time offender” I did not understand the federal government’s laws. I fully relied on my attorney, who I found out after I had lost my trial did not know the power of the government. He took a chance with my life and we lost the trial. Now I sit with a mandatory minimum sentence of 188 months. I have more time than all my co-defendants, who have criminal records, put together.
Since being incarcerated, I have lost my mother. The loss has taken a toll on my physical and mental well being. My mother and I shared a strong mother and daughter relationship. If that wasn’t enough, my sister passed away seven months later from a massive aneurysm. Both times I was not allowed to attend the funeral, because my sentence was too excessive. I am devastated at being incarcerated at such a time of suffering.
I still keep my head up with hopes that legislation will eliminate and make mandatory minimum penalties retroactive. Doing so will send a lot of women home to reunite with their loved ones.
Sincerely, Kimberly Robinson