Oklahoma inmates access Facebook with smuggled cellphones

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.
by Andrew Knittle and Nolan Clay Modified: September 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm •  Published: September 22, 2013

“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.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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