Exoneree David Stonecypher, In His Own Words

Mar 1, 2021 | Newsletter

David Stonecypher was exonerated in 2019 after more than a decade behind bars in the Philippines. Like many Exonerees, he is facing the challenge of building a new life in a world that has changed dramatically while he was struggling to prove his innocence.

Below, in his own words, is David’s journey. Read on to learn how you can help him directly as he builds a happier life.

Exoneree Testimonial

My name is David Stonecypher. I am from Iowa. I was wrongfully imprisoned in the Philippines for 12 years. I was exonerated by the PH Court Of Appeals in 2019.

I returned to a world very, very different than the one I knew before I was arrested.

I am trying hard to put the pieces of my life back together. My mother died in my absence from Alzheimers in 2017. It bothers me so much that I couldn’t be there for my mom when she needed me most.

I’d like to take roses to her grave sometimes, and I could use some help with that expense. I couldn’t give her roses while she was alive, I’d like to give her roses to let her know I love her and I’m sorry I couldn’t get home in time. It’s really hard to accept that she is gone.

I also need money for gas to go there. I live about an hour away.

Thank you for this. ️ May I ask for your prayers too, that God brings peace and healing into my life. ️

David recently adopted two puppies, and told us that teething toys and puppy treats are especially appreciated. We have placed these items on his Wish List, too.

Click the link above to go to David’s Amazon Wish List. Your gift will go directly to David and is so appreciated.

At The Sunny Center, we work with Exonerees like David to help them heal from the trauma of wrongful conviction and start them on the path to building a healthy, fulfilling life. Please consider making a donation to The Sunny Center by clicking the button below.

Support for Exonerees

If you are an Exoneree who needs someone to talk to, or needs help in some way, contact us. Even though we are not yet allowed to travel or bring others to us, we can connect over the phone or online.

Peace and Love,
Sunny and Peter

It Takes A Community to Help Exonerees Heal

What an amazing summer this has been. We’ve been at home, raising a litter of kittens in our polytunnel and collecting eggs from our hens. And at the same time we have been able to reach out into the world and continue helping Exonerees.

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Exonerees are succeeding, thanks to you!

Helping people exonerated of crimes they did not commit, setting them back on the path to a fulfilling life, is a monumental task that we depend on the dedication of volunteers, both near and far, to achieve.

For Exonerees, life’s little legal challenges can be huge

Exonerees face many challenges as they rebuild their lives after a wrongful conviction. One of the things that takes a backseat, as they struggle to access essentials like a place to live, medical care, and work, is thinking about how they will be cared for if they get sick.

Sometimes, it takes a (small) army

Terry Wanzer fought for more than 20 years to have his record cleared, even though he was exonerated in 1996. Our friend and volunteer Carrie is working to stop injustices like this.

How to Avoid Toxicity

At a time when it seems so many people in the world are expressing so much anger and hatred, how do you maintain your balance? Watch my latest video and share with us on social media!

About Our Wish List Program

One of our most impactful programs that arose during, and because of, the Covid-19 pandemic is the Wish List program. Through this, people who want to help an Exoneree directly can do so.

Wishing You a Summer of Healing, Hope and Joy

While the start of summer certainly feels much calmer and more certain than it did last year, plenty of activity is going on at The Sunny Center!

More Than 2,700 Exonerees Need Your Help

The need for resources and change within the system is immense. But together, we can start making a difference right away!

You Can Make A Difference for Exonerees Right Now

We are happy and hopeful that we can soon return to working in person with fellow Exonerees. But you can help us right now, even from far away.

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