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John Thuesen # 999557

Polunsky Unit D.R.
3872 FM 350 South
Livingston -  Texas  77351

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2022 April 23rd

I hope you are well, whoever you are and thank you for your time in reading my words. I'm searching for a friend; someone to develop a meaningful friendship, with whom will afford me the same trust and respect I give. Someone to have faith in, write letters, share interests, discussions, laughs, and walk along beside me on this journey. I don't have the ability to view the world, though you could be my eyes to the world, or even into your world.

I'm  a Marine Veteran. I am someone who believes in honesty, courage, honor, loyality, integrity, laughter... many virtues, of which I strive for in being dedicated to improving myself. Though there are difficult times, we can to pick ourselves up and continue.

Some interestes of mine:

Music: metal, country, classical

Books: war, history, science, psychology, litature, fantasy, science-fiktion, comics (Marve, DC etc.)

Exercis; yoga; art; helth of mind; body and spirit; broadening my social and personal horizons; I love animals and do what I can to care for and sponsor a wolfdog named Enzo.

In my service, the best people are everywhere around the world. As well, we never stop learning about ourselves on what is around us. It does not matter who you are, your beliefs, or anything else, if you wish to write.

Please be sure to send a mailing adress for me to write back, and find aout more about me, see my project:

Be safe and well, and I hope to hear from you soon.

John Thuesen



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May 4th, 2011

Hello I'm John. I have been here about a year. I am 27 years old and used to be a Sergeant in the Marine Corps and fought in Iraq, on tour there.

After, I become a college student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I'm just asking/looking for friendship/support through these troubling times, and hope we can enjoy correspondence.


John Thuesen # 999557
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Ich wurde hier in Texas geboren.

4. Mai 2011

Hallo, ich bin John. Ich bin seit etwa einem Jahr hier. Ich bin 27 Jahre alt und war früher Sergeant beim Marine Corps und habe im Irak gekämpft.

Danach wurde ich College Student mit Maschinenbau als Hauptfach. Ich suche Freundschaft und Unterstützung in diesen problematischen Zeiten und hoffe dass wir eine Konversation genießen können.

John Thuesen # 999557
Polunsky Unit D.R.
3872 FM 350 South
Livingston - Texas 77351



Judge in Thuesen Capital Murder Trial Calls for Punishment Reversal

BRYAN - In 2010, John Thuesen was sentenced to die for the 2009 murders of a pair of siblings in College Station. Now, the judge who presided over the trial is recommending that the punishment be reversed.

In a filing to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin on Friday, 272nd District Court Judge Travis Bryan III writes of what he believes were numerous failings by the attorneys who represented Thuesen at trial, Billy Carter and Michele Esparza, and recommends a new punishment phase for Thuesen.

In June 2014, Judge Bryan heard arguments from writ lawyers representing Thuesen, which Bryan largely agreed with in Friday's filing. Some arguments by the writ lawyers were rejected.

Thuesen shot and killed Rachel Joiner, who he had dated, and Rachel's brother Travis in the siblings' house. The Joiners were from West Texas and attending Texas A&M. Thuesen had broken into the Joiner's house and waited for Rachel to return. The two eventually got into an argument. Evidence showed Rachel was shot in the back. It was presented that she was trying to leave the argument and the house when she was shot, and that when the shots rang out, Travis Joiner came out from his room and was also shot by Thuesen.

Prosecutors argued that Thuesen, who called 911 and confessed to the shooting immediately after, was jealous and angry that Joiner had separated from him.

Thuesen served in the Marines and had spent time in combat in Iraq. While the defense made arguments that mental health problems were at the root of Thuesen's acts and could be cause for the jury to choose a life sentence instead of death, Judge Bryan does not believe near enough was done by Carter and Esparza.

In a stinging indictment of the attorneys' work, Bryan gave the following opinions:

- The defense didn't start an investigation into Thuesen's Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) until a few months leading up to the trial, a year after the lawyers were retained as counsel.

- Thuesen's counsel did not get the assistance of an expert witness or witnesses qualified to explain mitigating impacts of PTS.

- The defense's ultimate presentation of information on PTS, including specific info on Thuesen's, was "significantly incomplete."

- The investigation and presentation of evidence that the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to properly diagnose and treat Thuesen's PTS "fell below the norms of professional standards for capital counsel."

- Defense counsel did not present sufficient evidence that Thuesen would not pose a future danger to others, one of the three questions the jury is asked to answer in choosing life in prison or death as a penalty.

- The defense did not speak to witnesses of an incident Thuesen was involved in during his high school years that would have disputed a prosecution witness' account, nor did they cross examine the witness. The incident was used by the prosecution to convince the jury that Thuesen had violent tendencies before his war service.

- Thuesen's attorneys were ineffective during the jury selection process in fighting for and against potential jurors who could have helped or hurt the defense in the deliberations.

- The defense didn't present enough evidence concerning the Thuesen family's history of mental illness.

- Defense counsel didn't raise the issue of mental illness in its opening argument in the punishment phase.

- Carter and Esparza didn't object to a prosecutor's comment about his stepfather's World War II service and PTS during closing arguments in the punishment phase.

In an automatic appeal granted by law to any defendant sentenced to death, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the conviction in February 2014.

The only possible punishments the State of Texas allows for people convicted of capital murder are life in prison without possibility of parole or the death penalty. The prosecution has the option not to pursue death.

Thuesen's case was considered capital murder because two people were killed in the same incident.

Because of the case's status, Bryan could not comment on his recommendation. News 3 has calls in to Carter and Esparza for comments, and has also called the Court of Criminal Appeals in regards to a possible timeline on its ruling on the Thuesen case. This story will be updated when and if those additional details and comments come in.

Judge recommends overturning death sentence in capital murder case


John Thuesen and his lawyers are appealing his death sentence for a 2009 double murder, arguing that the former Marine's post-traumatic stress wasn't adequately explained to jurors.   

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