By Chris Lane
By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
Even drunk, John Kinsel knew what to expect the night he was arrested for driving a tow truck into a ditch in West Monroe, Louisiana. He'd go to jail, make bond and pay a fine. By his early twenties, the blond-haired, blue-eyed Texan already had a knack for getting into trouble. He'd been in jail once before for stealing a car in Dallas.
Kinsel served a month in jail in 1996 and decided to pay his fine to get out. The prison guard checked to see how much Kinsel owed, and when he pulled up Kinsel's records, he found something alarming. Kinsel had a warrant for his arrest in Jefferson Parish. In disbelief, Kinsel told them they'd better check again; they had the wrong guy. "No," Kinsel remembers the guard telling him. "They're coming to get you."
That's when Kinsel learned his girlfriend's nine-year-old daughter Alyssa Medlin had accused him of raping, choking, and threatening her for nearly three years, from the time she was six to eight and a half. (The Houston Press made several attempts to reach Medlin for this story, all of which went ignored.) Kinsel almost passed out when he was told the charges. He'd beaten men up for the same acts. Kinsel waived extradition from West Monroe to Jefferson Parish, confident he'd be able to straighten out the situation in a few hours. "I'm no angel," he said. "I've raised hell all my life. But shit like this? No, never."
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Come December 1999, Kinsel began his life sentence in Louisiana's notorious Angola prison. His sisters Mary and Alice nearly went broke hiring lawyers, but nothing could undo the accusations the little girl had made.
Not even Medlin herself, who would come forward at age 19 and say she made the whole story up. Not even a judge who ordered Kinsel a new trial.
While a federal court tries to decide at what point they should believe the girl, a proven courtroom liar, Kinsel is going on his twelfth year behind bars in the largest maximum-security prison in the country with no hope of parole. Ever.
Trinity, Texas, is a speck of a town 80 miles north of Houston, with one high school and two stoplights. Kinsel grew up in Trinity, the youngest child of seven. There was little else to do but grow up fast. When Kinsel was eight years old, his father shot himself in the head. His older sister Mary found him in a pool of his blood, painkillers and a .22 scattered across his bed. A year later, Kinsel's mother died of breast cancer. The orphaned son went to live with another sister's in-laws, who sold all of his parents' possessions in a garage sale and put Kinsel to work tarring roofs. Mary, who was 18 at the time, took her brother away to live with her.
Kinsel dropped out of high school freshman year and moved to Dallas, where he got a job hanging drywall. Then, at 19, he got arrested for stealing an Oldsmobile. He was convicted of auto theft, but didn't show up for his probation; instead, he skipped town for a few years and moved to South Carolina.
When he turned 22, Kinsel moved to Monroe, Louisiana. He was hired as a tow truck operator at a local wrecking service, and every day after work, he'd unwind at a neighborhood bar. He fell in love with Adrienne Alberts, the 28-year-old brunette bartender. Kinsel would drink beer and flirt with Alberts until the end of the shift, when he'd take her out for breakfast. By that point, Kinsel had fathered two children with two different women, and Alberts had three kids of her own and a husband she was in the process of divorcing. But they started dating in January 1992 and soon fell madly in love, according to both of them.
In November, Kinsel, Alberts and her three kids moved to Gretna, a tightly knit town just across the river from New Orleans. For a few weeks, they stayed with Alberts's older sister, Stacy Plaisance, who quickly adopted Kinsel as her brother. "My sister was always a goody two-shoes," Plaisance said with a laugh. "He seemed like somebody that would probably run in my crowd...me and him just clicked instantly, like good buddies." Plaisance introduced him to her brother-in-law Mark Plaisance, who liked Kinsel and got him a job at his towing company. Then, they found a place of their own, where Kinsel, Alberts and her three children would live for the next year.
It was no storybook relationship. The couple broke up in November 1993 because Alberts discovered Kinsel was smoking crack. Alberts moved back in with her father, and Kinsel moved out. But while they were broken up, she found out she was pregnant with his baby. Swearing he'd get clean, Kinsel went to rehab, and Alberts took him back when the child was born in June 1994. The next year, Kinsel moved in with Alberts, her parents and her kids.
Alyssa Medlin, Alberts' middle child, was a rebellious fourth grader at the time. With golden hair and blue eyes, Medlin looked like an angel. "She's a devil in disguise," said Stacy Plaisance, her aunt. Plaisance said she remembers finding Medlin's mother in tears, trying to figure out why her daughter would steal $80 of rent money from her purse. Kinsel didn't approve of Medlin's behavior, and Medlin didn't like the discipline he brought into her life. "She hated that John wanted order in the house," Plaisance said.
@johnwieder I have been trying to see what I could do on and off for the last couple of years. This year I am running for congress and I thought i could give his pardon a real boost.. So far that has not been the case.. I made a facebook page for him and his situation and asked people to just like the page. I was thinking that hundreds would sign up before i had to run ads asking for likes. well some of my friends liked it because they were and are my friends. they liked the free John Kinsel just fine. The problem came with asking for advertised likes. I think out of ten dollars worth of ads on facebook, where people are like happy, There were two clicks to see the page and neither of those two liked the free John Kinsel page. I did not realize that people were so apathetic about the plight of another person. Some one in jail that is innocent of the charges, 100 percent. link to the page where you can go like the Free John Kinsel page.... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-John-Kinsel-join-the-fight-with-John-Wieder/370605233078306 May GOD bless all of us Minister John Wieder for Congress TXCD14 Port Arthur TX
hello alice its keith me an john grow up together an went to church my mom was winnie fay just pull all this up today so crazy im in spring tx. i heard john was getting out life sucks when they keep him just so he cant get 150,000 for wrongly conviction. 281-825-1264 call me when you can
I have wondered for years what our lives would have been like now if this would of went the other way ,I think about John on a daily basis and believe in his innocence,no one is perfect,we all do things in our lives that we are not proud of.I love u Alice and I will always love John forever and a day
My name is Rhonda I was with John for a year before he was convicted,I went to Texas with him to relieve Janet of her pain,John was and probably always be my soul mate and the love of my life,I was never happier then when we were together
I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR LOVE AND SUPPORT. WE PRAY THAT THIS ORDEAL WILL SOON BE OVER AND OUR FAMILY CAN GET SOME RELIEF.
They should throw the lying little brat in prison for her damaging lies. Justice is definitely blind.
My family is going through a similiar ordeal....I am terrified for this outcome. The child in question has consistenly changed their story and there is zero physical evidence. I am scared that the accused isn't strong enought to make it...he had never been to jail or trouble before these accusastions were made. I believed the child at first....why would she lie? But as her story changed and changed again it became very difficult to believe her. Also she has a history of lying and of being overly sexual with grown men. Her mother is sadly also a pathelogical liar and uses men and sex to get what she wants. Both are very beautiful and put on a super good front, the accused is a shy man who doesn't speak very much. I am worried that the jury will just go on that alone. If the accused goes to jail I fear he will die rather quickly. He isn't a seasoned criminal, he is a hard working father. I have been around him since I was a small child and I am a female....and he NEVER did anything to me or anyone else in the family.....as everyone has been asked. The accuser is one of the most loud mouthed child you could ever meet. She is not shy and has no problem saying what is on her mind....so I even wondered when I did believe her why he would choose her. There are other beautiful mild mannered young ladies in our family who would make much better victims...so he chooses the one that will get into an adults face and yell and scream at them in public and private? I just don't know.....but I do know that children are capable of heinous acts and that includes lying, murder, rape and anything else.
I pray for this family and for his release and I pray for my family, that the truth prevails and that justice is not blind.
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Maybe the people that were telling the story should have looked at their lives and than spoke. Rick is a drug head from way back and Stacy is low as low can get... They both doctor hop and abuse pills. Remember when you point a finger four of them point back at you......
I've known Alyssa since she was about 13 years old and they way that you are trying to make her look is not the alyssa I know. I know shes no angel but with the things she had to go though yall are pissing me off putting her business out there
John just keep blieving in Gods power. He can touch the hearts of those who have your faith in their hands. God bless you and hope you are home soon.
Just an old Trinity girl with faith.
This is one of the most compelling stories I have every read, the bad portion of that is that I know for a fact it is so very true. John Kinsel is my cousin, and I know the only thing this man would ever in his life do toward a child is to litterally lay down his life for them before ever hurting one in anyway shape form or fashion. The state of Louisiana needs to wake up!!! John never committed this crime period, and to continue to hold him in prison for something he has not done shows their IGNORANCE. They know he is not guilty, yet their pride may be hurt by letting an innocent man go, afterall they are known for their conviction rates! it is after all how the Judges are put into office, what needs to take place is for them to get investigators to do the real job, because this is a clear case of not DOING THEIR JOB. John Manual Kinsel is the victim here, not to mention his family. We know him, and anyone that has ever known him, knows that he would never do something so far beneath him. The injustice here just goes to prove our justice system is in desperate need of repair. When a person is proven innocent even after years of inpresonment, they are at least granted their freedom in most abiding States. There is something seriously wrong with this picture, John is innocent, his supposid victim freely states she lied, John has always upheld his innocence and even the judge has iffy opinions of this situation, Yet he is still held prisoner.
To Mary, Alice and John: The Lord answers prayers, and he knows that John did not do anything to injure in anyway this girl or anyother person, he knows his innocence, and there is no judge or jury that can overrule his decision. This time is going to pass, and I know our faith will prevail. Lord in Jesus Name our family ask to free John, he is not guilty, you said that who so ever believe in you and who so ever ask it shall be done, you said "do not be ashamed of me" and with every eye that reads this prayer I profess in Jesus Name, you are our savior, and John will be set free. We pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior: Amen
We walk by faith and not by sight, please pray now the people that are holding him in there be chastised by GOD for their misdeeds. We live in a country that is suppose to be liberty and justice for all. The people that are holding him in prison even though all the evidence against him is now gone. I know that one of them is a republican and the other one is a democrat that can pardon John Kinsel. I ran as a Libertarian because I think our party means something. Republicans and Democrats forgot about individuals a long time ago. So Obama or Jindal who is going to let him go free? There is a petition you can sign for that too. http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-jindal-president-obama-free-john-kinsel
THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE NOT ONLY FOR JOHN BUT THE REST OF US TOO. I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH. WATCHING JANET STRUGGLE AS SHE LEFT THIS WORLD WAS HORRIBLE, BUT HAVING TO WATCH MY BABY BROTHER BASICALLY HAVING TO FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE EACH AND EVERY DAY FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS IS HORRENDOUS AND AN INNOCENT PERSON THAT CANNOT BE FREED FROM PRISON IS A CRIME THAT IS BEING DONE TO MY BROTHER BY THE STATE OF LOUISIANA. DONNIE ROWAN WHO WAS THE PROSECUTOR, KNEW THAT ALYSSA WAS NOT TELLING THE TRUTH AT TRIAL. HE BASICALLY SCARED HER INTO GOING THROUGH WITH HER TESTIMONY. HE WILL BE JUDGED BY THE HIGHEST JUDGE THERE IS... I HOPE YOU ARE READY FOR THAT DAY DONNIE...GOD WILL JUDGE YOU. JUSTICE WILL BE DONE, IF NOT IN THIS LIFE, THEN IN THE NEXT.
Hey you, it is Noelle, I sure Hate to see what the heck is going on, I am praying for your return home.. It just ain't right whats going on. Take care of yourself and we will see you soon !!!!
Baby I love U always know that you and John are my heart I love you both so. Very much. How do we stop the tears and the hurt. God has go keep us on his loving. Arms we can not do this alone. I LOVE YOU AND JOHN WITH ALL THAT I AM AND HOLD TRUE. GOD IS WITH US EVERY STEP, EVERY BREATH AND EVERY MRNT OF EVERU DAY. HE WOLL PREVAIL AMEN
yes but at the same time she was a child and should of been lead to not lie, that didn't happen..... just thank GOD she didn't go through life like ALOT DO beleaving her own lie. NO SHE DID COME OUT AND SAID SHE MADE A MISTAKE. So you think to your self... to me this girl has came along way from that lie. An if you are reading this please continue to say what is TRUE....
PLEASE NO MORE NEGATIVE COMMENTS. JOHN IS MY BROTHER AND ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS. ALL OUR FAMILY WANTS AND NEEDS IS FOR THIS NIGHTMARE TO BE OVER. GOD WILL HELP OUR FAMILY OVERCOME THIS JUST LIKE HE HAS ALWAYS DONE. IT'S BEEN A TOUGH ORDEAL BUT OUR FAMILY HAS OVERCOME ALOT OF OBSTACLES BUT WE ARE STRONG PEOPLE. WE WISH THE BEST FOR ALYSSA. WE ALSO WISH THE BEST FOR JOHN. HE HAS BEEN THRU ALOT. HE IS A GOOD PERSON AND DOESN'T DESERVE TO SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON. HE MAY HAVE DONE ALOT OF WRONG IN HIS LIFE BUT NOT WHAT HE IS IN PRISON FOR. HE IS INNOCENT OF THIS CRIME. AGAIN THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FAMILY AND ALYSSA.
We do not want any more hurt stop hurting others. This story was just brought out to help a man that did not do this crime. No more hurt we have all hurt enough. You people have not been walking in Johns shoes, you have not been in a prison where you have to sleep with murders, and rapes. Just see the story for what it is a man in prison for a crime he did not commit. We do not wish any harm to come to Alyssa she has hurt through all this mess. She as well John just want to get this past us so we can all heal. God Bless us all.
God will show you who the clown is some day I do not believe it will be him my opinion but God doses. Not like ugly
Really what about how she has put my Uncle John out there!! The sad part about it is she made him look to be something he never was. Her buisness has always been out there every since she put an innocent man in prison. So let me ask you who has looked worst for 12 years John accussed of rapeing a little girl or a little girl who lied so he couldn't be with her mother? Sorry, but I would rather be called a liar then someone so sick to do something like that!
Did you know about the many time that jerk staked Adrienne and told her he would kill her. Yeah your right let that freak of an animal out. If he was not in there for this he would be in there for something else...... Or maybe he would have died..... He was a crack head along with his friend Stacy Plaisant ( she is wanted for doctor hopping ) While John was on house arrest , he was using and abusing . He is a piece of low life crap and is better put away
REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS DON'T CARE ABOUT INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS..... libertarians do.... john wieder congress txcd #14
Keep ur faith that this will be righted,I love y'all and only wish for the best and for all ur pain and suffering to be over with
I LOVE YOU TOO. STAY STRONG. GOD AND OUR ANGELS ABOVE (THERE ARE LOTS OF THEM) WILL GET US THRU THIS.
We the family pray every one understands we hold no elwoll for her are her family. A child that was forced into the lies she is trying to heal. We lost a lot of year family his children We are getting blessing in our lives a child we new John had we have been looking for for 15 years has been found. What a blessing. I pray some day soon we will rejoin John an his 4 children so they may get to no the dad that Cassie Ray knows. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ENSURE ONE OF HIS CJILDREN KNOWS AN LOVES JOHN. SHE LOVEA HIM WITH ALL HER HEART. OUR ANGLES. IN HER KEEP HIM SAFE. WE LOVE YOU GOD.
I've known about this ordeal you can say from the time i met her in the summer when we were 13 and 14 and thats not the alyssa i know. Yeah she mad bad choices and I dont know John I just hope every thing works out for everone and i know you all want results or what ever it is you want but she dosnt need this stree right now.
If my baby brother was so bad why did Adrienna say she still loves him, If you know so much what were you doing at the time he was doing all these things and who are you. God said let ye cast the first stone. God does know the truth and Alysia has told the truth this is not to hurt our family . We think of Adrienna and her children as if they are our family. Adrienna and John have a special son that Alysia did not even think about when she told the lies. John may have not been the best man but he is a good man now. Life has been very hard for him. We just want John to come home Some day we may meet then you can see how we have all been hurt by this mess. Both familys have suffered so much. God will bless all of us. I hope we can move on and get this behind us. I hope what ever hurt we have God give us the peace to forgive each and every one
I love y'all Alice,when I read the article and read how John talked about how Adrienne was his true love it put a great big hole in my heart,I have and will love him till the day I die and will proclaim my trust in his innocence to anyone who will listenI know it means nothing to John since I had to go on with my life,but I'll always believe in his innocence and will always love him and wish things would of been different
I TELL HIM THAT YOU LOVE HIM EVERY TIME I TALK TO HIM. HE LOVES YOU TOO, SO DO I. TO EVERYONE ELSE......... JOHN IS DOING THE BEST HE CAN. HE HAS A POSITIVE ATTITUDE JUST AS HE ALWAYS HAS. SOME TIMES THAT POSITIVE ATTITUDE THAT OUR GOOD LORD GAVE US IS THE ONLY THING THAT HAS GOTTEN US THRU THIS HELL. JOHN IS A GOOD PERSON. IS HE PERFECT ? NOT BY ANY MEANS. NONE OF US ARE. HAS HE MADE MISTAKES ? WHO OF US HASN'T ? JOHN ISN'T AN ANGEL BY ANY MEANS BUT HE IS A WONDERFUL BROTHER AND A BEST FRIEND TO ME. I PRAY THAT HE WILL BE RELEASED AND COME HOME BEFORE TOO MUCH LONGER. PLEASE PRAY FOR JOHN AND OUR FAMILY AND FOR ALYSSA AND HER FAMILY. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR THE LOVE AND CONTINUED SUPPORT.
That is how the 3 of has made it by the grace of GOD. MOTHER I CAN REMEMBER. HERE PRAYERS SHE SAY GIVE ME YOUR MERCERY AND GRACE I CAN NOT MAKE IT ONE MOMENT OF ANY DAY WITH OUT GOD. I ALWAUS REMEMBER FOOT PRINTS IN THE SAND. HOW POWERFUIL IS HIS GRACE AN MERCY. HOW SPECIAL. ARE WE LOVE YOU SWEETY TELL JOHN I LOVE HIM SO MUCH
That was SO wrong saying the burn in hell comment ! Every one has there on reason for the mistakes they make. But you know what, she did the right thing and told the truth!Your a good, GOOD person for that Alyssa ! Your in my thoughts and prayers, just as John is !
To Mary, John, Alice, Samantha, and the rest of my family who believes in the awesome power of God Almighty,Do not let these comments effect you and the way you and I believe. God does know the truth and He will prevail. It is merely the devil trying to have an opening in our lives when we allow others viscous comments to overcome. We are children of the Almighty and He will take care of us. Like all of you, I believe in John. I have also loved him since his birth and know he, like me, is not perfect. Truthfully, the last man I knew who was perfect on this earth, walked on water. We have all prayed for this situation to end so there will be no more hurt, no more lives destroyed, and let people go on and live the best lives they can. I will continue to pray. I will not give up on you John. You are loved and missed dearly.Judy Letney, child of God, family of John Kinsel.
Don't worry Aunt Mary obviously this person is very narrow minded. Even if Uncle John would have went to jail for something else it would have been for something minor not something that he would deserve to spend his entire life much less 12 years in prison. You know what else its pretty pathetic that this person is being so sore and hatefull towards people just praying and hopeing our family can come home when it was his or her family or freind that lies put him in there in the first place!!! Do they realize how much he has missed out on because of these lies, but I guess thats not suppose to matter!! Let me tell you something everybody can change and if his worst down fall was drugs well guess what buddy I know plenty of people that has brought their life up from that. I also think giving him twelve years to get it out of his system and clean well I would think he is past the drugs, DUMMY!!!! As for this women the mother of the child that lied whom claims she wishes John would fall off the face of the earth so people would leave her family alone. Maybe she should be the one to drop off the face of the earth cause if it wasn't for her little witch of a daughter and her lies her family wouldn't be bothered now would they!!!! Sorry Aunt Mary this person has really struck me the wrong way when all we want is an innocent man to come home to his family.
You are a very bitter person that does not know what has really happen, We have taken this matter up in the courts. You have your way of thinking and I have my own. I do not care what you think. I have worked in the prison system 25 years. I do understand if you were around him at that time of his life you were doing some of the same things he was. I never said he found God in prison. He is a good person I have known him from the moment he was born. I have loved him every day of his life. I will not let you talk bad of him because there is 2 sides to every story. Alissa came forward 4 years ago with out any one tell her to an righted the wrong she had done. It is time for every one to pray and believe that God is going to set John free. You are not worth my time an this hate you have I will pray for you.
every person that goes to jail, some how finds God and becomes a better person. I don't believe he has changed.... As for her loving John, she now knows that he is a no good person and has moved on. They only one that wants him now is Stacy and that is a good couple. As for Alyssa not thinking about what would happen to her brother, she was a child. If we need to forgive John , who supposedly had such a horrid life, than maybe you need to forgive her. I feel if you have a problem with him in JAIL you need to take it up with the courts..... You are not part of the family and have not been for years, when is the last time any of them wanted to talk to you........