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Dozens of Oklahoma inmates — some of them convicted murderers — have been active on Facebook from behind bars, even though it is against prison rules, an investigation by The Oklahoman found.
Some inmates use their real names on the popular social-networking website, but others go by elaborate nicknames such as “Itzme Fbthaone Brown,” an armed robber's alias. Most get online through smuggled cellphones.
Sex offender Logan Lee used his real name on Facebook. In 2011, he declared online that he is single.
“NO GIRL CAN SAY THEY ARE WITH ME, ENID PEOPLE. Getting out in 1,584 days or less — hopefully!!” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Lee, 22, is in prison for raping an 11-year-old. He was punished after his Facebook use was discovered last year.
Inmates who get caught using Facebook can be disciplined for individual disruptive behavior. A common punishment is loss of good-behavior credits.
Since Jan. 1, 2012, almost three dozen inmates have been caught using Facebook, state Corrections Department records show.
The Oklahoman, though, discovered almost three dozen more inmates have been making comments and posting pictures on Facebook undetected by prison officials.
Reporters spent hundreds of hours on Facebook to find inmate users, primarily by their Facebook photos.
Many inmates put “selfies” online, photos of themselves taken by holding a cellphone camera away from their bodies.
One of the most prolific photo-takers is a convicted murderer, Clifford Putman, 26. He has more than 200 photos on Facebook dating to June 2012.
He wrote about his living conditions at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester during a 5 a.m. rant on Facebook in July 2012.
“Just done a year under ground in a cement cage and just got denied to leave and now i got to do a nother whole year down here next to death row cauSE i wont live with no one but blacks,” Putman wrote.
“And now my lil bro is down here going threw the same” thing, he wrote, using an expletive. “Gone keep my head up cauSE every time i look down i SEe haters. Its just lonely being at the top by my SElf. They cant stop real ones!”
The “lil bro” is younger brother Cliffton Putman, 24. In one of his Facebook photos, he is showing off a tattoo of a large handgun on his stomach.
Cliffton Putman wrote on Facebook that he had given his all to a relationship but got nothing back. “Is there any real weman out there any more cuz i cant find one,” he wrote, misspelling women.
The brothers are in prison for second-degree murder. They and other men were convicted of killing a young mother in 2007. The woman was killed when the men shot into her group.
Despite his role in a fatal shooting, the younger Putman offered his thoughts on the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
“Take a moment to think about them kids that aint here no more cuz of some boy that wasnt man enough to face the world,” Cliffton Putman wrote a few days afterward. “Gunz dont kil people people kil people.”
Inmates at times write about their drug use from inside prison. Others write about being drunk.
Antwon Brown — the robber who goes by “Itzme Fbthaone Brown” on Facebook — wrote online in October 2012 that he was celebrating his birthday by smoking marijuana.
“Yeah today my birthday,” he wrote. “woke up blowing on the best stress free.”
Two women criticized Brown for that admission.
“DON'T LIKE THAT COMMENT,” one wrote the next morning. “THAT'S WHY YOU CAN'T GET YOUR MIND RIGHT YOU BIG DUMMY.”
The second woman simply wrote, “I agree.”
Inmate De'Ontel Harris posted a photo on Facebook where he claimed to be smoking marijuana. He claimed he was in the “hole” — solitary confinement — at the time. In the photo, smoke hangs in the air around him.
Harris, 22, was convicted in 2009 of shooting with intent to kill. He is currently using the Facebook name “De'Ontel Savagedagreat Harris.”
One inmate, Jordan Lalehparvaran, 29, bragged in January on Facebook that he should get the Nobel Peace Prize because he had stopped a prison race riot. Lalehparvaran is serving a seven-year sentence for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Friends thought he was joking. “You know what really is funny? I was serious,” he wrote.
Some inmates use Facebook to insult or curse former girlfriends. Some inmates flirt with women who comment on their Facebook photos.
“Wat up mama u act as if u like wat u see,” drug offender Anthony Jacobs, 27, responded to one woman in August 2012, misspelling “what.”
“I cant wait to get to know you now you grown,” he wrote another woman in April 2012. “We gonna kick it for real. Well, hopefully.”
Some inmates use Facebook to communicate with each other directly.
Inmate Darwin Hillmon, 24, who goes by “Vill Side General” on Facebook, has more than 1,000 Facebook friends. Several are fellow inmates. “I HANG WITH NOTHIN BUT KILLAS,” he wrote last year.
Inmates have even used Facebook to communicate with prison staff.
In April 2012, a guard reported being contacted on Facebook by inmate Timothy Toles, a drug offender then being held at a private prison in Lawton.
“I was checking my Facebook and I realized I had a message from … Toles,” the guard wrote. “I know it is him because he has pictures in his cells posted on his page.”