Former National Alliance Chairman Shaun Walker, incarcerated as a Federal POW at FCI Sandstone in Minnesota after being railroaded on bogus civil rights charges along with Travis Massey and Eric Egbert, published a letter sent on May 31st, 2008, in which he provides an update on his situation and his appeal plans. Most importantly, the information previously posted on the website of Shaun Walker's wife has now been transferred to a dedicated Shaun Walker site:
Shaun Walker's account of the activities leading to his "conviction" is posted HERE. In his latest letter, Walker reports that, although life at Sandstone is regimented, similar to that at a military boot camp, he experiences no personal danger from staff or other inmates. In addition, he is currently appealing his sentencing only; he will wait until later to appeal the verdict. This dichotomy is explained in his letter, originally posted HERE, and cross-posted below in its entirety:
I’m mailing a copied letter to explain my situation. A copy is impersonal, but I want to be accurate and avoid writing duplicate letters. I remain 100% innocent of all charges in an Orwellian Age. My beliefs have now been vindicated. The website http://shaunwalker.com/ provides periodic updates on me and my case.
Currently, I live in FCI Sandstone, a low security federal prison north of Minneapolis, MN. My quarters are a 128-man open squad bay sectioned into 2-man cubicles. There are community areas with TVs, kitchen/microwaves and bathrooms. We get three meals a day in the chow hall; the quality of the food is okay. For recreations, I lift weights, walk the track, watch TV news, listen to music, read books and newspapers and take classes when available.
Sandstone was built in 1928 and was designed for 450 inmates; it was recently expanded and now houses about 1,400 federal prisoners. There are no college courses here but there are a variety of night courses. Since my arrival in December, I’ve taken four German language courses and one business course. I hope to be transferred to California.
I’m employed as a plumber and am paid approximately $30 a month. I work M-F from 7:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. I get allotted 300 phone call minutes a month and 8 days of visits a month. I’ve experienced no extra harshness from the guards or inmates. I’m a little embarrassed at how well adjusted I am. I don’t have any problems – just time to kill.
I’ve embarked upon an unpleasant journey that I had no choice in. The stated Orwellian thought-crime was masked within a simple assault, which I didn’t even witness. I was sentenced to 7 years, 3 months (87 mos.). The current federal system has no parole. There is “good time” earned for a maximum of 13% -- 11 months for me. Also, I should qualify for 6-months of a halfway house. My calculated release date from prison to the halfway house is January 16, 2013.
There are pending bills in Congress such as the return to the 35% good time ruling. This rule was removed in 1987 as a 20-year experiment, so it is possible it may be reinstated. A new “2nd chance” bill passed last month, which could give me an additional 6 months in a halfway house or home confinement.
My sentencing appeal was filed in May 2008 with a projected oral brief in September 2008 in Denver, Colorado at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. A direct appeal can only bring up issues from the trial and sentencing. The jury convicted all 3 of us, so the guilty verdict is not being appealed at this time. The guilty verdict appeal is later and is a 2255 appeal.
The conspiracy to commit a bar fight and aiding and abetting a bar fight conviction is a 12-points. The judge gave me an additional 17 points (29 points total) for 87 months. My best-case scenario would be to obtain a reduced sentence at a re-sentencing hearing, which is still 2 years away. Worst case, I do 5 more years. To date, I’ve done 14 months or 20% of my sentence. My co-defendants were sentenced 42 months (Eric) and 57 months (Travis). Both are appealing their harsh sentences. We are forbidden to have contact.
In addition to the harsh sentence, I was fined $5,000 and assessed $200. The $200 assessment has been paid; a friend in North Carolina is collecting donations towards the $5,000 fine.
Many people ask what they can do to help. There isn’t much anyone can do. This is my fate and I’m adjusting. I appreciate all your kind words, encouragement and support. This is not a rough or violent prison. In a few ways it is like the Marines – regimented lifestyle. Many good people have had a far worst fate. I’m bored but not suffering. I’ll do the time.
All the best to you,
For those who want to write to Shaun Walker or send him money or other commodities, here are the instructions he provides:
PO Box 1000
Sandstone, MN 55072
Sending books to Shaun: magazines, articles and SOFTcover books can be mailed directly to Shaun in an envelope marked “BOP approved material”. Magazines with perfume samples or stickers will be returned to sender.
Book requests: World Atlas, picture books on European countries, most current CIA World Fact Book 2008, and architecture books.
Shaun’s Birthday: September 27
Inmate Donations: Friends choosing to send funds through the mail must send those funds to the following address and in accordance with the directions provided below:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001
The deposit must be in the form of a money order made out to the inmate's full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that do not have valid inmate information to the sender provided the envelope has an adequate return address. Personal checks and cash cannot be accepted for deposit.
The sender's name and return address must appear on the upper left hand corner of the envelope to ensure that the funds can be returned to the sender in the event that they cannot be posted to the inmate's account. The deposit envelope must not contain any items intended for delivery to the inmate. The Bureau of Prisons shall dispose of all items included with the funds.
For those who are unfamiliar with the case or who want to refresh their memories, click HERE to review all previous posts about the indictment phase of the case, and click HERE to review all previous posts about the trial itself. Accounts of the informers Keith Cotter and Brad Callahan can be viewed by clicking on the highlighted names.
Shaun Walker is to be commended for staying true to the cause despite his incarceration. He was legally required to sever ties with the National Alliance and other WNs as an initial condition of being bailed out on personal recognizance before the trial; he has NOT severed his commitment to the Cause.
Shaun Walker is a TRUE white man.