Billy Sinclair Fact Sheet

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Written By: davida

Personal Background:

  • Incarcerated in the Louisiana prison system for 40 years from December 11. 1965 to April 21, 2006. Convicted of felony murder in East Baton Rouge Parish in June 1966. Paroled to the State of Texas on April 21, 2006. Married since June 1982 to Jodie Sinclair.


  • Jailhouse lawyer for 34 years. Prepared legal pleadings/briefs through all the state courts (trial/intermediate appellate/supreme court) and the federal courts (district/appeals court/U.S. Supreme Court). Experience includes criminal law, constitutional law, 42 U.S. Sec. 1983 litigation, civil law, family law (divorce proceedings), discovery proceedings in state/federal courts, exceptions of no cause/right of actions in state court, and Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b) motions to dismiss/Fed.R.Civ.P. 56 summary judgment motions. With the assistance of civil rights attorney Richard C. Hand, won first prisoner rights lawsuit in Louisiana in Sinclair v. Henderson, 331 F.Supp. 1123 (E.D.La. 1971).

  • Legal writings published in Louisiana Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 5, p.1061 (May 1985); Journal of Prison & Jail Health, Vol. 3, No. 2, p. 100 (Fall/Winter 1983); New England Journal on Prison Law, Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 556 (Summer 1981).

  • Worked as “inmate counsel-substitute” in Louisiana prison system in 1973 and from 1988 through 1994 representing inmates before institutional disciplinary boards and in the administrative appeals process.


  • Prison journalist with the Louisiana State Penitentiary’s newsmagazine, THE ANGOLITE, from 1977 to 1986. During nine-year tenure with prison publication, the magazine was a finalist in the 1978 National Magazine Awards competition; a recipient of the 1979 Robert F. Kennedy Special Journalism Award; a recipient of the 1981 Sidney Hillman Award; and recipient of the 1981 and 1982 American Bar Association’s Certificate of Merit. Was an individual recipient of the 1980 George Polk Award and the 1980 American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award.


  • Writings have been published in Baton Rouge MORNING ADVOCATE MAGAZINE (1980); FORUM Magazine (1980); Des Moines SUNDAY REGISTER (1980); ASSOCIATED PRESS (1981); Los Angeles TIMES SYNDICATE (1981); DALLAS MORNING NEWS (1981); FORTUNE Magazine (1981-84); NEW ORLEANS Magazine (1982); BATON ROUGE Magazine 1982); ESSENCE Magazine (1982); LOUISIANA LIFE Magazine (1983); CHICAGO TRIBUNE (1983); CRIMINAL JUSTICE Magazine (1984); WITNESS Magazine (1987); CHIEF OF POLICE Magazine; and POLICE Magazine (1990-91).


  • A Life in the Balance: The Billy Wayne Sinclair Story,” Billy and Jodie Sinclair (Arcade 2000); essay entitled “Road to Redemption” published in “The Impossible Will Take A Little While,” Paul R. Loeb (Basic Books 2004); and “Capital Punishment: An Indictment by a Death Row Survivor,” Billy and Jodie Sinclair (Arcade Publishing: March 11, 2009.)

Educational Background:

  • 2007-2006: Legal Assistant Technology Program, Houston Community College. 4.0 GPA and Dean’s List.

  • 2006 - Westlaw’s Paralegal 3 course, Houston Information Center, One Allen Center, December 18, 2006.

  • 2006 - Westlaw’s Paralegal 1 & 2 courses, Houston Information Center, One Allen Center, December 12, 2006.

  • 2006 – Beginning and Intermediate Westlaw legal research, Houston Information Center, One Allen Center, December 8, 2006

  • 2006 – Westlaw Citation Checking course, Houston Information Center, One Allen Center, November 17, 2006

  • 2006 – Advanced Westlaw legal research course, Houston Information Center, One Allen Center, November 13, 2006.

  • 2006 – Introduction To Computer (Windows XP), Houston Community College, June 24, 2006.

  • 1988 – Criminology correspondence course from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • 1987 – Introduction to Criminal Justice correspondence course from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • 1986 – Successful Investing and Money Management correspondence course from Hume Publishing Co., Atlanta, Georgia.

  • 1984 – Legal Research Training Seminar sponsored by the West Publishing Co., St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • 1983 – Paralegal/Legal Assistant correspondence course from the Southern Career Institute, Boca Raton, Florida.

  • 1976 – Legal Investigation correspondence course from Universal Schools, Little Falls, New Jersey.

  • 1975 – GED through the St. Francisville High School, St. Francisville, Louisiana.

  • 1969 – English 101 correspondence course from the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

15 Responses to “Billy Sinclair Fact Sheet”

  1. Thomas Laird Says:

    Bill: You have came along way. I am very happy with your success. You, for one, I never doubted. I have read most of your articles with great interest. All I can say, is keep up the good work.

  2. Gloria Harvey Says:

    Mr. Sinclair:

    You have led an extraordinary life and seem to have survived it admirably.
    Congratulations! You are able to present information without bias and chastise either Prosecution or Defense according to their own shortcomings,

  3. keith Says:

    i just want to say that i am proud of you for turning your life around,and that you have a second chance at life, im doing a book report on your book capital punishment, i was wondering if you can give me an over veiw of the book

  4. bopeep Says:

    why did you leave out the parts about the pardon board fiasco?

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  7. Linda Says:

    You are a perfect example of what one can do to change one’s life and why no one is without redemption. Thank you for setting such an exemplary example for all that will make a decision to choose to follow in your path no matter how difficult the road may be.

  8. Raff_Australia Says:

    I’ve been reading some of your book online and it has made my year brother. Although Ive never been on death row, I did spend two years on remand in thailand on drugs and murder charges (thank christ the murder charges were dropped eventually thanks to forensics) It is nice to read every once in a while that folks do make it out the other side. Live well and love that lady of yours with all your heart.

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  10. Jan Corso Says:

    What TRUTHS do you know about the Frank Corso murder?

  11. Billy Sinclair Says:

    Jan Corso: I spent a great deal of time in the Louisiana prison system with Nix, Mule and Fulford. Both Nix and Fulford gave me their versions of what happened in the Corso residence. Fulford, known as “Big John,” was killed at Angola some years back. Nix may have been the “poster boy” of the three, the most conniving, but Mule was the backbone. Nix will die in the federal super max prison in Colorado, if he hasn’t already. Mule, I believe, is still at Angola – a place he controlled for nearly a quarter of a century.

  12. Nancy McCall Says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair: I have been reading everything I can find by and about you and your incredable story. I am in a simular situation and would really like to talk to you. Please help me. 318-717-4122. Thank you.

  13. Sherry Says:

    Billy and Jodi, I have been thinking of you both recently wondering what ever happened. I decided to go online and look and found all of this information. You may not even remember me, Jodi you stayed at my apartment while visiting Billy in Baton Rouge. When/if you check these messages send me an email if you have time, I would love to hear from you. I look forward to reading your books soon.

  14. Amber J. Says:

    Wow, you talk all that crap about Damien Echols when you are a murderer yourself?

    It all makes sense now, you have tried to project your own devious and unscrupulous nature onto him.

    You should have stayed in prison.

  15. Billy Sinclair Says:

    Thank you for your support, Amber – yes, I spent 40 years in prison for killing a man, not 18 years for killing three helpless children as your hero did.

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