Name: Frank L. Merold
DOB June 6, 1958
Race: White American
Raised: Southern California
Tried: Northern District of Florida, Gainesville.
Will live: Hollywood, Florida, upon release.
Trial or plea: Went to trial
Charges: Convicted of 1 Count of 21 USC 846. Conspiracy, in a reverse sting cocaine conspiracy case created by government, no drugs existed, no transaction took place.
Sentence: Life in prison without parole.
Sentenced on: August 2001 (trial was July 1999)
Served: 20 years
Priors: No prior convictions, First Offender
Prison conduct: Exemplary
Release date: Never
Clemency status: Denied during Obama Administration, seeking Clemency from President Trump.
Health: Suffering from Colon Cancer and its complications, am undergoing chemotherapy after major surgery.
Plans for the future according to Frank:
It is my intention to spend as much time as possible with my grand son and help raise him. He is 10 years old and I have missed all of his life. It is very important to me to make amends for some of the suffering, pain and hard times my ex wife and daughter have endured because of my arrest and imprisonment which really hurt them. They have never recovered from it and it has been 20 years. vAlso my step mother, Jackie Hawley who lives in Jacksonville, FL. is old and in poor health. I would like to get out and do what I can to help her before she passed away. She has done so much for me during my time of imprisonment and need. I am a highly skilled and well educated individual who spent most of his adult career as an avionics technician working on commercial aircraft cockpit instrumentation and controls and electromechanical systems throughout the aircraft, amongst other professions. It is my intention to seek lucrative employment so that I can help my family and live well again. Additionally I would like to help the CAN-DO Foundation help other imprisoned people who have found themselves in a similar situation as mine. I will never forget the helpless feeling of incarceration and without people on the outside who care, our voices, stories, images would disappear from the public’s view and awareness.
One of my greatest achievements in the years that I have been imprisoned is that I have become an expert in the law; not only federal criminal law, but also common law, constitutional law, commercial law, and Admiralty law. Most lawyers go to school for 4 years and then start working in their specialty field of law. I have been studying and learning law every day for 18 years non stop, so I intend to help people faced with federal prosecutions and other legal matters. But most of all, I just want to get back with my family and make things better for them. I am dying to play X-Box and Play Station with my grand son. He is so cool I love talking to him on the phone. Also, I will tell you right now I am a really good guitar and base player and I have written some really good songs. I want to get on U-Tube!
Plans for the future according to Frank:
Upon my release Intend to spend as much time possible with my daughter and grandson, and to help raise him he is 10years old and I have missed most of his life as well as my 35-year-old daughter’s life. I want to try and make up for all the lost years suffering and pain, and hard times my wife and daughter endured because of my arrest and imprisonment, they have never recovered even after 20 years. I would also do what I can for my step mother, Jackie Hawley, who is old and sick and who has helped me throughout the years I have been imprisoned, I would like to do what I can for her before she passes away. I am a highly skilled individual who still has much to offer, I will seek lucrative employment so that I can help my family and live well and independently.
Additionally, I would like to assist Can Do Foundation in helping others who have found themselves in a similar situation as mine, as I will never forget what this is like and the lack of public awareness of the truth about what is really taking place.
My greatest achievement in the years that I have been imprisoned is that I have become highly knowledgeable in the law, Federal Law, Common Law, Civil Admiralty Law and Commercial law, most lawyers go to school for 4 years and begin their careers in their specialty fields of law, I have been studying and learning for 20 years, so I would like to help others who find themselves in situations similar to mine. Finally, I am dying to Play X-Box and Play station with my Grandson, he is so cool I love talking with him on the phone, in addition to this I am a good guitar, bass player and song writer, I would like to share my songs with the world. Frank Merold.