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Incarcerated With A History Of Sleepwalking

by Jay Gamble
(Oklahoma City, OK)

My girlfriend and I just had a baby together. I suffered from sleep disorders for many years, including sleep walking and sleep eating. I was taking Ambien from my doctor. I awoke in the middle of the night, checked on the kids. The four year old had wet the bed. I stripped the sheets off, sprayed a stain cleaner on the sheets and went back to bed. In the am the little girl said I sprayed her in the eyes with the stain cleaner. I had very little recollection and still don't.

My girlfriend was coerced into providing states evidence that I hurt her child intentionally. I spent 5 years in prison, lost a fantastic medical career and no one would listen to my long history of sleepwalking and Ambien use. My mom, dad and family know that I have sleepwalked since I was a little boy. I'd get up, eat a meal and go back to bed. The next day I didn't remember spraying her in the eyes.

I've got at least 5 people who could have substantiated my condition yet the attorney I hired was buddies with the district judge. I didn't know or realize this until after I was convicted. I lost everything I had worked my ass off for. I blame and still hold my girlfriend responsible for ruining my life and my son's. Luckily, no one sustained injuries except my career and livelihood.

My son is 7 years old now. I picked him up this evening and the first thing he said was, "daddy, do you sleepwalk?" This question about blew my mind. His mom had told him that I sleepwalk and yet she protected herself and sent me to prison so she wouldn't be held responsible for child abuse and failure to protect her child.

I am still a bit blown away by his comments and question. I had medical, psychological and pharmaceutical evidence that the attorney never presented. Later I also found out he was running for city council and that would have jeopardized his political interests. What a bunch of losers I involved myself with, I still pay for it because now I'm a convicted felon with a violent crime. I had an illustrious career in healthcare and it has been obliterated by Ana evil person. I do believe in God and Karmic law. What comes around goes around. My future is educating myself and others about sleep disorders. It ruined my life.

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Oct 10, 2016
Everything happens for a reason. NEW
by: Michael T.

I sorry to hear that, God has a plan everything happens for a reason.And like you said what goes around comes back around.

Mar 28, 2018
Take Another Path NEW
by: Kehaulani

Sorry to hear how you were screwed by the system and by conformists to it.

You have all that knowledge of the inner workings of the human body, maybe you can learn from the first Peoples around you who got screwed by the system--screwed out of their land, homes, culture and lifestyle. They use what's provided in nature to actually heal. It will benefit others while keeping your knowledge fresh, even taking it to the next level.

Who knows, maybe while making an impact on others' lives, you will find someone along the way who will take your attorney to court for ineffective assistance of counsel, and clear that mess up, as well. Good also comes around to those who practice it. 🙏🏽😇

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