A British mother-of-three is leaving her young children behind to fly to the United States and marry a prisoner who she met online.
Jennifer Butler, 29, plans to fly 5,000 miles to marry 23-year-old convicted felon Christopher Mosier.
“I know he did a terrible crime but he’s a changed man,” Butler, who has three children under the age of 10, told the Daily Star. “He’s going to make a wonderful husband and a brilliant stepdad to my children."
The single mother started writing Mosier in July 2011 after she saw his profile on the website writeaprisoner.com. His profile explicitly stated that he was sentenced to 15 years for a violent burglary and drug charges in 2009.
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“I felt sorry for him being locked up, nobody to talk to except other prisoners," she said. "Of course, I didn’t condone his crimes. But he was still a human being, and deserved to have a friend."
The couple wrote three letters to each other per week and then in June 2013, Butler stopped receiving them.
“I felt really sad that I hadn’t heard from him. That’s when I realized my feelings for him ran a lot deeper. I no longer saw him as just a friend anymore,” she said.
It turns out the prison had been on lockdown and he could not retrieve any stamps to write her.
“Some people might think I’m bonkers for falling in love with a prisoner. And not everyone will agree with our relationship,” Butler said. “But Chris is a wonderful man. Sure, he made a few mistakes in the past, but everybody deserves a second chance.”
Her children, Tyler, 8, Tristan, 7, and Mia, 4, have also written Mosier.
When the two met in person last year, he proposed.
“He held my hand and said how much I meant to him and he got emotional. He never usually does,” she said. “He then said he wanted to make me happy and asked me to marry him. I just broke down. I said of course I would.”
Mosier is up for parole in September and the two plan to marry after his release.
Butler insists that once she is settled in the U.S. she will send for her kids.