Monday, June 21, 2021

This Black father is serving a 22-year-sentence for marijuana but is dedicated to raising his kids

My father is intelligent, loving and resilient. He loves his children more than life itself. He meets every expectation of what a father should be,” said his daughterRicheda Ashmeade was just 12-years-old when her father was incarcerated. In light of Father’s Day, she reflected on their last day together.


“We were laying down and he was reading me this Powerpuff Girl book that I really liked,” said Richeda with a giggle to theGrio. The now 25-year-old went on to say it was a typical day for them.

“He took me to the mall and we went shopping,” said Richeda. She described her father as her best friend. She said it was common for them to indulge in manicures and pedicures and get their hair done together — her father had long hair and rocked braids at the time.

But now, Richeda says her memories are fading. “I haven’t seen my dad in four years, I don’t remember what my dad looks like, that’s why I feel guilty, I can’t remember what he looks like,” she said.

Richeda’s father, Ricardo Ashmeade is serving a 22-year sentence in a Florida prison on marijuana charges. Richeda, who now lives in California, said she cannot fathom how her father is serving such a lengthy sentence when marijuana is becoming legalized and laws are changing all around the country.

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