State paroles Whipple, who learns art of legal war in cell

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David Tulis listens to the dad of Robert Z. Whipple, also named Robert, talk about his son’s release. The departure from the prison at Horsehead Road in Pikeville, Tenn., could take as long as two weeks. (Photo courtesy Noogaradio)

Sorry I haven’t written sooner, I have been having a hectic last few days. As you know, I went up for parole on the 18th, and I just got back my decision: immediate release. I have to go to a halfway house and have a few other restrictions, but I’m on my way. I’m nervous and excited, but it is a good nervous. It will feel strange to be out after seven years behind bars.

By David Tulis / 92.7 Noogaradio

The Bread of life deal in Crossville fell through, I will be going to the Omega house in Smithville, Tenn. I tried a few other places at the last minute (including Miracle Lake) but didn’t receive a response quickly enough. A halfway house is just temporary, though, so I’m sure it will be fine. God has me right where he wants me, I just have to stay in his will.

I have been trying to finalize some details, but my counselor is off work this week, making it much harder. I want to make sure I will get the RHP grant(pays rent until I find a job), actually have a bed already waiting for me, and that my TRICOR savings will be available when I’m released. TRICOR is the state’s prison Industry program. I work for the flooring plant both at Turney Center and here, so they have some money they deduct from your pay and save held for me.

As soon as I get out, I’ll get you a phone number and email you can contact me at, since we are allowed cell phones. I’ll just get a smartphone to be my computer and phone for now, or maybe a cheap tablet. I have enjoyed corresponding with you and look forward to speaking with you when I get out. My mind is all over the place, so I’ll close for now. Etc.

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