Anthony Kelly ~ Life for Pot


ANTHONY KELLY # 324966
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LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY
17544 TUNICA TRACE
ANGOLA, LA 70712

ANTHONY KELLY
REGISTER NUMBER: 324966
DOB: 11/2/1973
AGE: 42
RACE: BLACK
SEX: MALE
LOCATE AT: LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY
RELEASE DATE: LIFE

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Anthony Kelly was sentenced to LWOP for possession of 32 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute in 1999, at age 25. After a confidential informant made a controlled purchase of $20 worth of marijuana from Gwen, a Kelly family neighbor, Kenner Police Department officers used a battering ram to forcibly enter and search her house, which was located across the street from the apartment where Kelly’s mother and brother lived. At Gwen’s house, police found a clear plastic bag containing 21 small nickel bags of marijuana in the toilet, as well as three partially smoked hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes in an ashtray. An additional 21 small bags of marijuana and a bag of loose marijuana were found in Gwen’s purse. 

According to Kelly, at the time of the police search, he and his brother were at Gwen’s house, helping bring in groceries after driving her to the grocery store. Police arrested Gwen, her son, Kelly, and his two brothers. At trial, the lead detective claimed that she found Kelly and the neighbor’s son trying to flush the marijuana baggies down the toilet.  Kelly insists this is untrue, and both Gwen and her son testified that the detective found the marijuana after everyone had been handcuffed and brought to the living room. Gwen testified that the marijuana was hers, that she packaged the marijuana herself with no help from Kelly, and that Kelly did not know she was selling marijuana. Kelly was convicted, despite this testimony, by 10 out of 12 jurors.

The lead police detective, a primary witness against Kelly, was later convicted of evidence tampering and malfeasance in office, and she was accused of taking drugs from the evidence room for her own use. Kelly was originally sentenced to 15 years but was re-sentenced to a mandatory LWOP sentence as a third-strike felony offender based on two prior convictions, one for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in 1995, when he was 21, and the other for simple possession of cocaine in 1993, when he was 19. Kelly had pleaded guilty to both charges and says he was never told that these convictions could be used to enhance a future felony sentence. He says that his sentence “feels like being buried alive.” “Do I deserve to spend the rest of my life behind bars because I was in possession of 21 five-dollar bags of marijuana?” he asks.  “This is my life story, I just want someone to hear a changed man cry. Anthony Kelly is serving Life for POT… “It seems like it would get easier, but instead it gets harder every day” says Anthony Kelly. At age 25 Kelley was sentenced to die in prison for possession of 32 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute.

After a confidential informant made a controlled purchase of $20 worth of marijuana from Ms. Gwen, a neighbor, police officers used a battering ram to forcibly enter and search her house. There they found a clear plastic bag containing 21 small nickel bags of marijuana in the toilet, as well as three partially smoked hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes in an ashtray. An additional 21 small bags of marijuana and a bag of loose marijuana were found in Ms. Gwen‘s purse. According to Mr. Kelly, at the time of the police search, he and his brother were at Ms. Gwen‘s house, helping bring in groceries after driving her to the grocery store.

Police arrested Ms. Gwen, her son, Mr. Kelly, and his two brothers. At trial, the lead detective claimed that she found Mr. Kelly trying to flush the marijuana baggies down the toilet. Mr. Kelly insists this is untrue, and both Gwen and her son testified that the detective found the marijuana after everyone had been handcuffed and brought to the living room. Ms. Gwen testified that the marijuana was hers and that Mr. Kelly did not know she

was selling marijuana. Mr. Kelly was convicted, despite this testimony, by 10 out of 12 jurors. The lead police detective, a primary witness against Mr. Kelly, was later convicted of evidence tampering and malfeasance in office, and she was accused of taking drugs from the evidence room for her own use.

Mr. Kelly was originally sentenced to 15 years but was re sentenced to a mandatory LWOP sentence as a third strike felony offender based on two prior convictions, one for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in 1995, when he was 21, and the other for simple possession of cocaine in 1993, when he was 19. Mr. Kelly had pleaded guilty to both charges and says he was never told that these convictions could be used to enhance a

future felony sentence. He says that his sentence ―feels like being buried alive.

Mr. Kelly, now 39, has served 13 years in prison. He says of prison, ―It seems like it would get easier, but instead it gets harder every day. Mr. Kelly, who completed the ninth grade prior to his incarceration but was a special education student at a fifth-grade level, , is currently studying for his GED.. He has taken faith based spiritual classes and courses in drug addiction and recovery and says that he has found God while in prison.

When Mr. Kelly was arrested, his girlfriend was pregnant with his first child. His daughter is now 12 years old, and he says it is difficult being away from her. ―She is my world, he says. ―I always sit and think about my daughter at night and wonder how did I fall short at providing for her. His father and grandmother have died since he has been incarcerated, and his 73-year-old mother, with whom he is close, has cancer.

Anthony Kelly was sentenced to LWOP for possession of 32 grams of weeds with intent to distribute in 1999, at age 25. Kelly was originally sentenced to 15 years but was resentenced to a mandatory LWOP sentence as a third-strike felony offender based on two prior convictions, one for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in 1995, when he was 21, and the other for simple possession of cocaine in 1993, when he was 19./


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  • commented 2016-04-09 07:14:43 -0700
    Updated 1/2017
  • commented 2015-03-28 14:37:28 -0700
    Anthony call me to day he 25 when he was incarcerate never had a chance at having a family he also told me he out of a cell and now in the dormitory this gives to the J pay vending machine when he was in a cell he could not have access so with the allotted time so it was refunded to my j pay the I have been lock out of 2 step forward one step back back to dealing with J pay
  • commented 2015-03-01 13:38:54 -0800
    Thank you for the call and letting me know you received the 2 cent letter.
  • commented 2015-02-20 08:08:34 -0800
    I just sent a note to Anthony I making this post so I know who I have written too the plan is to read one story a day this way there less chance of a repeat before I get to the end of the pow420 list this task will take me over a year complete that is something to think about. remember POW420 before you vote. unjust law is no law at all