A man convicted of murdering a teenage girl in 2005 is asking for donations to help write a book about his life.
As reported by People magazine, Corey Gregory pleaded guilty in 2006 to murdering 16-year-old Adrianne Reynolds during an ill-fated trip to Taco Bell in which the teen got into a fight with his classmate Sarah Kolb, who was also convicted Reynolds’ murder. The pair, reportedly with the help of another defendant who was charged as a juvenile, then reportedly burned and dismembered the body.
Fox News reports that a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help Gregory, who is serving a 45-year sentence for the murder, raise money to write and publish a book. The campaign page is asking for $3,000 in donations, and includes a statement written by Gregory:
As a juvenile, I was arrested for First degree Murder, under the Accountability act. It basically means that I was held accountable for another’s actions. I spend my life writing books. Everyone tells me that my novels are good, and that I should publish them. As you can imagine, it’s not easy to get published as a prisoner. This is where you come in.
There are companies that help inmates self-publish their books. I need $3000.00 to publish and advertise my novel. This is the only passion I have left in this world, and I hope to see it actualized. This could change my life forever. I appreciate anything you can donate on my behalf.
The victim’s mother Joanna Reynolds told the news station that the GoFundMe campaign is just another reminder of her daughter’s brutal killing, and said she hopes people do not donate to the fundraiser.
“She’ll never be able to tell her story,” Reynolds told Fox 8.
“And it’s something we think about – everyday we think about our lives. About what he did to her. It’s just something that has not gone away … I’m begging the community please don’t donate to it. To respect Adrianne. I’m just begging please don’t do this. Respect Adrianne’s wishes.”
The campaign has raised only five dollars so far, from a single donor.