TAMPA - "We have written a couple of letters back and forth,” said Lacrecia White.
Their love letters are filled with handwritten poetry, song lyrics and even a marriage proposal-- letters flowing in and out of the Falkenburg Road jail. They detail a relationship between a 26-year old Tampa woman and former inmate and a Tampa mother, Sharyn Hakken, facing serious charges for kidnapping her two young boys and sailing them to Cuba with her husband.
"As far as it being on the news, we had no idea," said White.
"She's blaming herself for putting her kids through what they went through, for putting herself through what they went through, her family what they went through,” she explained.
White is talking exclusively to ABC Action News saying she and Hakken first hit it off in jail in July.
"We played cards together,” she recounted. “ Yeah, we were sitting at the spades table actually,” she said smiling.
White has since been released on probation and is working to become an electrician. She says Hakken has been a positive force of encouragement in her life despite Hakken’s own personal struggles.
“She's facing three punishable by life’s right now and she can still wake up every day and her yoga and stay positive,“ she said.
Their jailhouse love letters are now public record due to the high-profile nature of the Hakken's case.
In one letter Sharyn Hakken writes:
"I WANT TO TALK TO YOU AND HEAR YOUR VOICE SOOO BAD"
"SO HOW ARE YOU MY BEAUTIFUL GIRL? I MISS YOU SO MUCH. I'M GLAD I STAYED UP TO LATE
WRITING YOU LAST NIGHT.... I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. I HOPE YOU REALLY DO KNOW THAT BY NOW.
I AM 100% COMMITTED TO YOU AND OUR RELATIONSHIP!"
But White says Sharyn's number one commitment is her boys.
"I know that her overall goal is to get her kids back. She says that when she gets out of jail, she wants to start in with a case plan, if that's even possible,” said White.
Whether or not Sharyn Hakken will ever be released is questionable.
"We'll definitely keep writing each other. I need her support and she needs a friend right now,” said White.
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