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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/fashion/weddings/sam-siatta-marries-ashley-volk.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld&smtyp=cur

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Love’s Road Home

By C. J. CHIVERS NOV. 10, 2017

 

The engagement began as notification more than proposal.

 

Samuel J. Siatta was an inmate in the Shawnee Correctional Center, a state penitentiary in southern Illinois, serving a six-year sentence for a home invasion in which he had struck another man with a frying pan. Ashley Volk was his off-again, on-again girlfriend since the sixth grade. It was early 2016. She had driven six hours to visit him between bartending shifts.

 

The two faced each other across a cafeteria table. He rested his tattooed arms on top. She noticed something unusual: a loop of blue prison-safe dental floss on the ring finger of his left hand. She had not seen this before.

 

“What’s that?” she asked.

 

That, he answered, was his hope. “It’s a reminder that when I get out of here we’re going to have a future, and I’m going to marry you, and we’ll have a real life,” he said.

 

Joy flashed through her, followed by dread.

 

 

 

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