“I first met Skelly a year before Occupy started. He was a friend of my son’s and was over helping him with his bike. My impression of Skelly was that he was someone that his friends could always depend on. An incident with Skelly that touched my heart happened at Occupy. One night at the food tent, a homeless family consisting of a woman and her two small children came by. She stated that her eyes were bad and asked if someone could help identify the correct bus to get on. Immediately, Skelly jumped up and started playing with the children and making them laugh. He asked the kids if they liked apples and stuffed some into their backpacks. He filled some bowls with soup for them and then began loading up their bags with goodies. He’s great with kids and very much a kid himself at heart.
Skelly is the kind of person who always puts others first. The media can toss around fictional characterizations of people that they don’t know, but I can tell you that a world without these giving and loving individuals would be a very ugly world.
– Renée H.”
Skelly was released to halfway house in June 2021. His sentence ends in October 2021.