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Mother's Wish to see Son Exonerated Not Granted Before her DeathTim King Salem-News.com
Sandra Gayton, 57, stood by her son to the end, but Terrence Kimble's quest for justice continues.
(SALEM) - We have carried many stories about an inmate in the Oregon State Prison named Terrence Kimble, whose conviction for Sex Abuse, and subsequent nineteen-year prison sentence, are surrounded by extremely questionable circumstances.
A review of the evidence indeed causes any logical person to question how he could have been convicted at all, let alone receive such an extremely lengthy punishment; almost two-decades behind bars.
One of the forces that has kept Terrence Kimble motivated to survive his ordeal and prove his innocence, quite naturally, was the love and support of his mother, Sandra Gayton, who died, tragically, last week in her home.
Sandra was only fifty-seven years old. She moved from Alabama to Oakland, California in the 1970's. She had two children; Terrence Kimble and Shonshary Kimble. She is also survived by a few grandchildren and other family members.
A family friend, William Coleman, used to communicate with Sandra Gayton regularly. William was a Corrections Officer in the Oregon State Prison. He oversaw Terrence Kimble and other inmates on a daily basis.
Coleman blew the whistle on racism and civil rights violations in the prison and in turn, was charged with 15 counts of cigarette smuggling as a guard. Coleman took his case to jury trial, Terrence Kimble testified on his behalf in court, and Coleman was found not guilty by a unanimous verdict.
Offering testimony on Coleman's behalf, Kimble indicted prison staff in a variety of crimes, particularly bribery, and told the judge and jury that there were in fact, prison staff guilty of the crime Coleman stood accused of, but it wasn't Coleman, some of the names were those of Coleman's superiors.
However those allegations; the most candid information about prison guards deeply involved in illegal activity; the type the state believed was important enough to try to put Coleman away for, for 40 years if convicted, never went anywhere at all. Here you see another huge example of the corruption that literally dominates the culture of the state's legal landscape.
Terrence Kimble and those who know and support him, say he has been the focus of an ongoing retaliation effort by the Oregon Department of Corrections in the years following his support of former Officer William Coleman. Most people reading this can likely imagine, that there are few inmates who go to bat for prison guards as witnesses. It says a great deal about the allegations of racism these men, both Kimble and Coleman, have leveled toward officials. Kimble's mother knew all about racism, as she revealed to Oregon's Governor John Kitzhaber in a 2010 appeal.
A mother's love is something that transcends many things, and while it is natural for a mother to stand by her son even when he makes mistakes or runs afoul of the law. But there is a stronger, even more passionate level of determination created by a strong belief that a son is rotting behind bars, being abused, having to spend endless amounts of time in solitary confinement because he defended himself from a 'torpedo attack'.
This is an incident where staff send inmates on missions to harass, attack and provoke another inmate into self-defense, which is not permissible, and off to 'the hole' the inmate who was approached, assaulted and offered defense to protect himself, goes.
This has been Terrence Kimble's story time and time again, since he stood up for William Coleman, the guard he knew was a good man; one willing to sacrifice his own career to expose racism in the prison system, and systematic human rights violations, assaults, bribery, even murder.
As mentioned above, Kimble's honest testimony allowed William Coleman to emerge from a harrowing ordeal as a free man. Coleman's support of Kimble is a result of studying his case, and examining the court documents.
It is a simple fact that Lane County Oregon's court in the city of Eugene, has a habit of convicting African-American men of crimes they did not commit.
William Coleman said, "Ms. Gayton has been waiting for her innocent son to be released for ten years. She had a illness that took her life. Ms. Gayton had gain faith when I took over the case from the NAACP, and was hoping to see her son free from prison."
Sadly, Ms. Gayton will see no such thing; however this loss will only increase our efforts to communicate this story to the public until we are able to see Mr. Kimble receive justice.
"She also told me to make sure he gets his life together when he gets out. She made it clear to me she may not be here when he's out. Kimble is emotional wreck," Coleman said. "He lost 10 years of his life so far, for a crime he did not commit!"
We received this as a handwritten note Terrence Kimble penned, regarding the huge loss he has experienced as a man who has already lost so much.
Now Terrence Kimble is left only with his son, and his sister, Shonsharay Kimble. She says his being taken down by Oregon this way has been very hard on all of her family, and she echoes the same comments as her late mother, in a letter to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Also like her late mother, she suffers health-problems; the stress from years of having one of her only family members incarcerated this way, when she has personal insight into his personality over this very thing, is understandably heartbreaking.
His sister reveals another view into this story, that is in addition to anything I have ever written about the case, I didn't know she had been sexually abused as a child and that it was a horror she endured with her brother Terrence. He says this abuse set him on a life's course to never abuse or harm children in this way and to protect them from those who would.
What an ironic and devilish twist of fate that he would end up at the receiving end of such charges. This, in a state with an unresponsive system known for giving no jail time to privileged citizens for sex crimes far worse than even what Kimble is convicted of, as I have reviewed in my last two articles about Kimble. These are linked below with all other past reports in this case.
The letters from these family members had no impact on the Oregon Governor's decision to not grant Executive Clemency in the case, as related in yesterday's article, Oregon Judge: State 'Stuck their neck out' for Son of DA Who Raped 13-Year Old . Those who read the background on the case and watch the related videos will be blown away by what is taking place in this state. Questions over official corruption and false court convictions scream out in this state, you can hear Justice herself, making that sincere plea to those at the highest levels who can step in and force the legal system to indeed be legal, is that too much to ask?
__________________________________________________________________Previous articles about Oregon's prisons:
Mar-26-2012: Oregon Judge: State 'Stuck their neck out' for Son of DA Who Raped 13-Year Old
Feb-27-2012: Retracted and Redacted- A Comparison of Two Oregon 'Criminals' - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jan-19-2012: Housing Inmates Who Make Death Threats... with their Intended Victims - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-19-2011: Does Oregon's Government Simply Hate Black People? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-27-2011: DNA Evidence Should Free Oregon Inmate Terrence Kimble from Prison
May-04-2011 Is There An Oregon Attorney Who Cares About Civil Rights? - Tim King Salem-News.com
May-31-2011: Snitch Sheets, Unresolved Murder and Severe Tobacco Crimes - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-10-2011: Reader Commentary: Can Oregon Government Change its Spots? - Salem-News.com
Mar-10-2011: Civil Rights Case in Salem Demonstrates the Power of a 911 Call - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-09-2011: Civil Rights Under the Gavel of Justice - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-08-2011: Oregon State Hospital and Staff Member Face Racism Charges Over Employee Termination - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-04-2011: How Far will Oregon Legal Officials go to Prevent Due Process? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-27-2010: The 'Trickle Down' Effect of Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-01-2010: Oregon Political Prisoner Being Stripped of Phone Use - Tim King Salem-News.com
Nov-25-2010: Tim King and Ruth Kovacs on KBOO's Prison Pipeline (AUDIO) - Salem-News.com
Nov-22-2010: Tim King on KBOO FM's Prison Pipeline Tonight - Salem-News.com
Nov-16-2010: Federal Mail Tampering at Oregon State Prison? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-29-2010: A Witness With No Credibility - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-27-2010: Inmate's Life Threatened by Staff at SRCI - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-21-2010: Oregon Inmate Stabbing Victim Attacked Second Time - Tim King Salem-News.com
Sep-10-2010: Demonstrators Call Oregon State Hospital's Employment Practices Racist, Unacceptable - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-28-2010: Observations on Michael Francke's Murder, Frank Gable's Conviction, & the paid Confession of 'Shorty' Harden - Salem-News.com
Aug-25-2010: Whistleblower Blues: Man in the Hole - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-11-2010: Demonstrators Protest Local Newspaper Over Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-05-2010: Evidence Shows Oregon Inmate Was Falsely Convicted - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-03-2010: Chicken Night at the Oregon State Penitentiary - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-21-2010: Eyes on the Oregon State Prison: Voicing Concern for an Inmate's Life - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-14-2010: State Prison Whistleblower Says Oregon Corrections is Blocking Federal Mail - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-05-2010: A Denial of Civil Rights- Oregon's Collaboration in Racism Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-26-2010: Getting Refamiliarized with the Murder of Michael Francke - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-23-2010: Local Media Downplayed Former Prison Guard's Struggle Against Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-18-2010: Exposé: Skeletons Falling Out of the Closet of Oregon Corrections - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-17-2010: Scott McAlister: Child Porn-Related Conviction and Practicing Law - Tim King Salem-News.com
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from The Associated Press the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, Electronic Media Association and The Red Cross In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005.
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