( A letter from Donal Sly Green)
My name is Sly Green.
Many of you were too young to know me on a personal basis, but I might and/or may know some of your fathers, aunts, and/or uncles. I may have traveled with them from time to time in the streets of Buffalo as I once did with my friend Joop, the gentlemen who is responsible for delivering this letter . When we were young, in our teenage years we hung out together. We were as we are now- friends. As a matter of fact, he knows my entire family. So because I trust him as a long time friend to be very honest with you, the young street soldiers, I wrote to him and asked if he would deliver you all this powerful message from me.
Young brothers, I was arrested over 25 years ago for murders, RICO, activity, kidnapping, extortion, conspiracy, and continuing criminal enterprise. There were 32 other co-defendants included in the indictment. I, Sly Green, was labeled The Godfather, The Crime Boss, the leader of it all. My picture,· my name, my background, everything that was known about me was placed in the newspapers constantly for approximately four or more years. I faced death on the Federal RICO and Continuing Criminal Enterprise Indictment, also, known as the Super Kingpin Act, for controlling a criminal enterprise organization. As I and some of the other co-defendants proceeded to trial, the death penalty on the Federal Indictment was dropped, but the other charges were sent to a jury of twelve citizens. The trial lasted approximately several months, with a saturated media press, that I could not avoid. Myself and my other co-defendants were found guilty. I was sentenced to four life terms, plus 110 years in a Federal United States Penitentiary, Lewisberg, Leavenworth, Kansas, Colorado High Security, in Florence Colorado, and now the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta Georgia.
Young brothers every day, since July 29, 1994, the day the FEDS sentenced me, I’ve been looking for leaks, errors, constitutional violations, and ineffective assistance of counsel claims. If I don’t win my appeals in the court then I live the rest of my entire life in these United States penitentiaries.
Young soldiers, the world you live in is a FREE WORLD; a world of chance and opportunity to be anything positive and constructive in life that you want to be.
Please young brothers, don’t waste your lives away killing and murdering each other. Don’t waste your lives in gangs or in gang activity that you know in your heart and souls is worthless, and will only eventually place you in County Jails, State Prisons, and/or Federal Prisons for years of your lives unnecessarily. I beg of you, never ever play yourself to the Penitentiary, County Jail, or State Prison system for street nonsense, such as Neighborhoods, Terriorities, Blocks and/or for Drugs. It’s not at all worth it!
You’ll spend extremely too much time in prison for things like that, especially for drugs, assaults, and murders. In prison you have no freedom, you have no rights to do what you want to do, you can’t eat the best foods or the foods you want to eat.You can’t stay as healthy as you normally are now, because the medical staff is of very poor quality in these prisons, so your chances of surviving is bad. You can’t watch a movie or television when you want. You can’t wear your own clothes. Your girlfriend usually leaves you within a short period of time after you’re in prison.You have to always depend on someone in the free world to take care of things for you, because you can no longer do them yourself. You can’t call home when ever you want. If something is wrong at home you can’t be there.
Young brothers, I live in a WORLD, where inmates are always fighting, stabbing, and killing each other. I live in a WORLD where inmates hate each other, where they are constantly negatively challenging each other. I live in a WORLD where you’re isolated from society with gun towers and prison guards constantly watching everything you say and do, where you have no privacy at all. Young soldiers, I beg of you not to come this way. I’d rather see you going to SCHOOL, trying to GRADUATE, and acquire a HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION and then on to COLLEGE and a CAREER. Young brothers I live in a WORLD with nothing but murderers, rapists, con-men, burglars, robbers, crime bosses, gang leaders, baby killers, and many other guys that society has to be protected from. YOUNG BROTHERS I’M HERE AND I’M TELLING YOU IT’S THE WRONG PATH TO FOLLOW. IT’S NOT THE WAY. THE SLY GREEN WAY WAS NEVER THE CORRECT WAY. It never has been, it never will be, and if you respect me, if you’ve ever heard of me, and if I should ever see or speak to you, I would tell you to go to SCHOOL, finish your EDUCATION, try COLLEGE, strive to better yourselves in life and be a positive and productive member of society. That’s what Sly Green would tell you. Young brothers if you’re going to soldier, soldier for a POSITIVE LIFE STYLE Soldier for a JOB, for an EDUCATION, for a FUTURE, so that your younger brothers, nephews, and sons don’t end up like the notorious, infamous, Sly Green…
Young brothers, if you truly believe in me and the message I am delivering to you, then STOP THE GANG WARS, STOP THE KILLING OF EACH OTHER, STOP THE DRUGS FROM COMING INTO YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS, AND PLEASE YOUNG BROTHERS, STOP HURTING EACH OTHER.
As I fight my legal battles from time to time in the court, I often think of you when I read about you in the Newspapers and I say to myself, if only I could be there with you all, I would tell you what you’re up against when you join gangs, when you hurt and kill each other so unnecessarily as you are doing. I would talk to you and bring you all together and AS ONE WE WOULD ALL STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST EACH OTHER, because that’s all we are doing is hurting and killing each other.
But being that I’m not there with you all, I’ve asked my good friend Joop, to talk to you and from time to time, deliver my messages to you young soldiers and I’ve promised my good friend Joop, I won’t ever stop delivering my message to you until I succeed in winning your young hearts and minds to live a positive· and productive way of life, free from drugs, free from gangs, free from all things negative that includes stabbing and murdering each other. Young Sodiers you have too much of a future ahead of you to be out here hurting and destroying each other.
STOP THE VIOLENCE. HELP YOUR MOTHERS, YOUR GRANDMOTHERS, AUNTS, UNCLES AND SISTERS TO STAY SAFE FROM VIOLENCE BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM WE WOULD NOT BE HERE AND WITHOUT THEIR LOVE FOR US, WE COULD NOT EXIST IN A CITY SO VIOLENT AS OUR OWN! ! ! !
Sly Green is the author of “Diary of A Jailhouse Lawyer” (by Tracy Green) which is available on amazon.com He is currently completing a second book. The letter published here was written to Arlee “Joop” Daniel to share with the young men in the City of Buffalo. He and Arlee have been friends since childhood and during Arlee’s short life in the “streets.” They have remained close friends. Says Arlee: “He was very proud of me when I changed my life and made it out….and honored and proud that I stood by him all these years.