Name: Frank L. Merold
Race: White American
Raised: in Suothern California, highly traveled
Tried: orthern District of Florida, Gainesville
Will live: Hollywood, Florida
Trial or plea: Went to trial
Charges: One Count of Conspiracy 21 USC 846 to violate 21 USC 841/ Reverse sting no drugs
Sentence: Life in prison without parole.
Sentenced on: August 2001 (trial was July 1999)
Served: Almost 20 years
Priors: First Offender
Prison conduct: Exemplary
Release date: Never
Clemency status: Denied during Obama Administration but co-defendants got Clemency!
Health: Decent for an aging man
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!