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Ex-NFL RB Lawrence Phillips was sentenced to 31 years for driving his car into three teenagers and assaulting his girlfriend. He is serving that time at Kern Valley State Prison, a maximum-security facility north of Los Angeles. Over the last 18 months, Phillips has been writing letters to his former coaches. Letters that paint a scary picture of what prison is like for the former star RB on Nebraska’s 1994 and 1995 national championship teams. These were sent to his high school coach, Tony Zane...

Dear Coach Zane,

How are you doing? I’m doing well. As you might have noticed on the envelope, I have been moved from the cell I was in. I spent some days in the hole for refusing to room with a gang member. They have now took my privileges, which include yard (exercise), canteen, vendor packages, and all personal property for 180 days. I will of course appeal this decision as I was refusing to room with gang members after already having had incidents with gang members.

At any rate, I just wanted to write to you and let you know in case that the package I requested was returned. I have not received any mail since moving, so I do not know if you sent the package. They are supposed to re-route mail, but they usually don’t check and make sure they guy in the cell is the correct guy to receive the mail. At any rate, I will appeal the situation and I should get relief due to my several incidents involving gang members.

We are on lock down at this time due to a murder and the stabbing of five other dudes.

I hope you and your family are well and had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.[quote]
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[quote]Dear Coach Pagone,

I received your letter and package a day apart. We do get the packages in lock down as the companies do not really want the items back.

We have been in lock down about 80% of the time. You would be surprised at what these altercations are about! Nonsense! But when your world is this small all one has to care about is nonsense. That is why I do not want any of these idiots in the cell with me.

All they they want to do is the drugs, make knives and make alcohol. Then they say when they get out they will not come back. I tell them of course you will. You are doing the same thing that got you locked up. Of course they do not want to hear that. It is like speaking to a brick wall.

Now I understand how people must have felt talking to me. So needless to say I have zero friends inside here. Not one person is in line with my way of thinking.

Well that’s all from here, Pagone. I will stay out of trouble. I might have to endure some write-ups for refusing a cell mate though. Better that than them getting me into serious trouble.

Phillips is also under investigation for the death of cellmate Damien Soward. You can read more of his letters here.
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SpiderY2Bannana108 months
And ended Steve Young's career. Dude deserves everything he's gotten in there.
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I can't believe the amount of idiots who just assume he killed those kids and have no idea what actually happened
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atltiger6487109 months
"Have a hard time believing he wrote these emails or letters himself. Word usage and sentence composition are at a level much higher than I think he is able to accomplish on his own."

I thought the exact same thing, but the letters are in his handwriting so I assume he actually wrote them. I was pleasantly surprised at his word usage, grammar, and penmanship. Not what I expected from the guy.
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jptiger2009109 months
"Huskers kicked butt out there. I only listened to the radio. The game was not televised here. (Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah) has a real chance at the Heisman and the Huskers could win the Big 10, although the Big 10 is a bit watered down with the injury to O-State Q.B. (Braxton Miller)."

He's obviously insane; lock him away forever!!!
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Zou brownmajic109 months
he didn't kill 3 kids people! Get your story correct!
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el duderino III109 months
He didn't 'kill 3 kids' he drove his car 'at' them, whatever that means, after he thought they stole from him and only one was actually hurt, and he was sobbing in court and apologized profusely. He seems like an otherwise decent person but really messed up and with serious rage issues.
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Prof109 months
LC - He definitely wrote them. The link has the letter (scanned in his handwriting). He has good penmanship too. A guy can have all kinds of problems and still be articulate and well versed in grammar. Heck, Ted Bundy was a law student and this guy isn't half of what Ted was.
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LC412000109 months
Have a hard time believing he wrote these emails or letters himself. Word usage and sentence composition are at a level much higher than I think he is able to accomplish on his own.
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DarrionFrmArk109 months
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GeauxToBed109 months
"for driving his car into three teenagers with his car"

You're killing your father Larry.
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lsuhunt555109 months

According to this, he didnt kill those kids.
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TOKEN109 months
Sounds rehabilitated to me?
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calitiger109 months
Killed three kids, beat up his girlfriend, and may have been involved in the death of his cellmate....with that record it's hard to have any sympathy for him. I once spoke to a guy who attended Nebraska while Phillips was there, and he told me that Osborne hired people to cover up football team related crimes. Apparently, rapes and burglaries were at astronomical levels.
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Upperdecker109 months
Maybe he should have thought about this before killing 3 kids
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pretty sad stuff. But then again, he did kill those kids
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