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A British mother of four is set to get married after a whirlwind romance with a man she only started speaking to last year.
There's just a couple of hitches in this love story for the modern age, the first is that she's never met him in person and the second is that he's currently in prison in the US serving time for his part in a brutal murder.
Laura O'Sullivan used an app which helps connect prisoners with pen pals which led to her connection with Terrell Ravon Reese.
The 32-year-old started corresponding with Reese in October 2021 and said she enjoyed reading the letters and poems he sent her.
She said she was 'blown away' by his proposal over the phone, which involved some help from her mum and her sister who both support the relationship.
Laura is planning the wedding for next year, though it will have to be held in the prison and the attendance list will be limited to the couple, the vicar and one guest.
Reese, 31, is currently serving a jail sentence of up to 40 years for second degree murder for his part in the death of 19-year-old Justin Solomon in 2009, where he contacted the deceased to sell him a car but actually planned to rob him along with another man.
Solomon was murdered in Detroit, Michigan when he arrived at the meeting spot and another person appeared with an assault rifle, shooting him several times and killing him.
The person who pulled the trigger was never convicted, while Reese was arrested shortly after fleeing the scene and jailed for murder in the second degree.
Laura said she was impressed by her husband-to-be's 'honesty and openness' about his criminal past, saying he is a very different man to the one who went into prison.
She described him as someone who was 'young and stupid' who now 'wishes he'd made better choices'.
The mum of four from Bristol is arranging a part-time carer for her eldest son, who is autistic, so that she can travel to the US and meet Terrell in person for the first time.
She says her relationship has been a 'crazy whirlwind' as the pair said they loved each other after speaking on the phone for 17 days in a row.
He sent her a necklace for Christmas with his initial 'T' on it along with an Opal, the birthstone of October marking the month they began speaking to each other.
Terrell also sent her some of the money he earns in prison working as a shower porter so she could buy drinks to celebrate their engagement.
The couple will have two hours together for their wedding, though catering will have to be provided by a vending machine in the prison.
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