Name: Diana Marquez
DOB: July 12, 1956
Marital Status: Married
Charge: Drug Conspiracy & Laundry Money
Sentence: 30 years
Serve to date: 10 Years
Started Sentence on: 6/06/2007
Priors: First offender
Prison Conduct: Perfect conduct
Clemency Status: Submitted on May 24, 2016 – Denied
Supporters: CAN-DO Foundation, Crack Open the Door, the LOHM, Families for Justice as Healing,
God and My family stand ready to assist me with any reentry needs I have.
Institution: Federal Medical Center Carswell
Accomplishments: I have learned many skills from accounting to teaching the use of Computer Applications that have encouraged me to change. During the period of years I have been incarcerated I have taken many steps to retain and refresh keep the skills I had prior to coming to prison fresh. These were skills which I used to earn a living for my family. This is the belief that I will need them again to work and I pray that I will have the opportunity to do so again.
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According to Diana:
My name is Diana Marques a very blessed mother of five(5) and a grandmother of sixteen (16), who misses very much along with my mother who is 87 yearsald and my five (5) siblings.
I am currently serving 30 year sentence at FMC Carswell for conspiracy. I am an NON-VIOLENT at a low level with no prior criminal history. My guilt is association regarding my husband Mario Marquez. My minor role in this case was the love I had for my husband. I want everyone to know how sorry I am for being involved with a man who had so many illegal activities going on at one time. I spend a lot of time with my children and I turned a blind eye to a lot of things that where going on around me. My biggest mistake was not asking more questions and when I had doubts about where the money was coming from. I thought we had a strong relationship and marriage that my husband would never let any harm come near our family. But I was wrong and have learned from my mistakes. Going through all this turmoil has brought me closer to God and I am very thankful for that. I walked into prison when I was 49 years old, I am a few days away from my 60th birthday. God has been my strength in all I have been through. Throughout these 11 years, I have endured many tragedies, one of my sons was murdered and my youngest one I don’t know his whereabouts. My mother was hit by a car in March of 2014, and sister passed away of cancer. By the Grace of God my mother is at home alive and recovering. Since incarceration I have maintained clear conduct, work a full time job I try to encourage the Hispanic ladies to draw near to God and to put the past behind and look to the further of living a good life.
ABOUT MY CASE:
I was convicted of (1) 21:846 conspiracy to distribute marijuana 21:963 Conspiracy marijuana (2) importation 8:1956 – 6800 Money laundering (3) 18:1957 – 7600 Engaging in monetary transaction in property derived from a specific unlawful activity 18:1956 – 6800 (4) money laundering – continuing criminal enter price. There were multiple terms imposed, The longest of which was 360 months ( 30 years)
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO ME TO GET THE CLEMENCY:
The reason its important for me to get clemency I want the opportunity to redeem my self to society and my family that I am not the person i was when i walked into prison. My desire is to be reunited with my family and grandchildren. My children are grown but they still need me for love and support, no matter how old they are regardless of they age. I also want to able able to care for my mother who needs me to be her caretaker. i pray that god and the President will give me the opportunity to prove that I am a better person.
WHAT I WANT TO DO WHEN I GET OUT:
I want to start an Accounting business to employ and train young women and men that are without college degree in accounting. during the period of my incarceration, i have taken many steps to retain and refresh the skills I had prior of coming to Prison. these are: clerical and Accounting skills, which I used to earn a living for my family. I am currently fixing to take an Office Manager Apprenticeship course. this is with the belief that I will need these skills again to attain work as an Accountant. i pray that I will be able to use it again.
I am a very hard working woman with Christian principles, respectful and responsible with integrity. I m not afraid of hard work, I do believe that I will not have a problem attaining a job to support my family and to care for my mother. I am a certified Bookkeeper, Tax Prepared and I believe the skills I have can be a help to others that are having a hard time attain employment. i pose no threat to society, if released to the community. My family stands ready to assist me with any re-entry needs I may have.