British trainee counsellor, 26, will wed her US double killer penpal referred to as ‘Animal’ after they meet for the primary time behind bars in US jail
- Naomi Smart, from Chelmsford, Essex, met killer by way of jail pen pal scheme
- The 26-year-old was coaching as a counsellor and on the lookout for methods to hone abilities
- However romance quickly blossomed with Victor Oquendo after they exchanged letters
- Oquendo was jailed for fatally capturing two males when he was 19 in gangland hit
- He isn’t set for launch till 2034 however couple plan to marry as quickly as attainable
A British girl is about to fly to the US to marry a double killer referred to as ‘Animal’ after attending to know him by way of a jail pen pal scheme.
Naomi Smart, from Chelmsford, in Essex, was coaching as a counsellor earlier than the pandemic hit and he or she was compelled to search out different means to hone her abilities.
The 26-year-old joined the scheme which connects individuals with jail inmates that need pen friends the place she met 30-year-old Victor Oquendo in June final yr.
Oquendo, who is called Animal, is at the moment serving a 24-year sentence after being convicted of capturing two individuals in a gangland hit and has additionally performed a component in three armed robberies.
Regardless of his historical past, Naomi describes Victor as ‘the kindest man [she] has ever met’ and the pair turned engaged after exchanging emails and cellphone calls.
Inside a number of months, Oquendo had proposed 3 times earlier than Naomi lastly accepted, after initially being hesitant as a result of they’d not met.
Naomi Smart, from Essex, (pictured) plans to marry double killer Victor Oquendo at a US jail in Michigan after assembly him by way of a jail pen pal scheme throughout the Covid pandemic
Naomi was coaching as a counsellor when the pandemic started so she joined the jail pen pal scheme as a solution to hone her abilities throughout lockdown nevertheless it wasn’t lengthy earlier than Victor proposed
Now, Naomi intends to fly over to Michigan within the US to marry Oquendo in jail as quickly because the coronavirus pandemic permits.
Talking to the Mirror, Naomi mentioned: ‘Victor’s not a monster, he is a human being.
‘By no means in my wildest goals did I plan to fall in love with an inmate, nevertheless it occurred and I would not change it.
‘Victor is the kindest man I’ve ever met. Individuals may decide earlier than realizing the total story, however I am unable to think about my life with out him.’
Victor Oquendo (pictured) was jailed in 2010 after he fatally shot two males throughout gangland hit
The 26-year-old plans to fly to the US to go to Victor this summer time with the intention of marrying him at Macomb Correctional Facility as early as September.
She now spends an estimated £270 a month on ringing the jail and sending her fiancé emails.
Naomi mentioned her pals have been accepting of the connection however that her household will take longer to return spherical to their romance.
Victor was jailed after fatally capturing two males in 2010 when he was 19 years outdated. He admitted two counts of second diploma homicide in addition to a string of different crimes.
Naomi says she hopes to marry Victor in September. Pictured: A sketch Naomi’s good friend created
Describing the second she discovered about his convictions, Naomi added: ‘ I used to be shocked. It was loads to absorb.
‘I needed to understand how he felt about what he’d achieved. If he did not care that might have been a pink flag, however he is extraordinarily remorseful.
‘He struggles to reside with himself and has evening terrors. It mentioned loads to me in regards to the individual he actually is.’
Victor is predicted to be behind bars till 2034 however Naomi says the state of Michigan is voting on the Good Behaviour act subsequent yr which might imply he’s launched early if he behaves whereas incarcerated.