The latest photos of Amos Yee in US prison are circulating online

The latest photos of Amos Yee in US prison are circulating online

SINGAPORE: A Reddit user shared the latest photos of Singapore-born Amos Yee, who is in prison in the United States.

Photos from the Illinois Department of Corrections showed Yee wearing a light blue prison uniform and a white shirt underneath. His hair, which he had worn long for years, is now in a buzz cut.

Amos Yee in 2024
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Yee, 25, is currently being held at the Danville Correctional Center in Danville County. Its information sheet, available for public inspectionsays he will be eligible for parole on November 7, 2025, but his expected discharge date is between “three years and life, to be determined.”

He was incarcerated for two misdemeanors: one for grooming and another for solicitation and possession of child pornography, a class one misdemeanor under Illinois criminal law, or the next most serious type of misdemeanor.

He was first arrested in Illinois in October 2020 after it was discovered he had exchanged inappropriate and suggestive messages with a 14-year-old Texas girl.

Yee and the girl are said to have messaged each other more than a thousand times. Yee pleaded guilty to the charges against him and was banned from contacting the teenager for two years.

In December 2021, he was sentenced to six years in prison, with the judge at the time warning him that he could be denied naturalization as a U.S. citizen if he so desired, and could even be denied entry into the country.

The judge also told him that the convictions could affect his ability to obtain housing, employment and other permits, including a driver’s license, in the U.S. In addition, Yee was told he could be deported to Singapore.

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He was released on parole on October 8, 2023. although the terms of his parole were not disclosed.

A month later, Yee was back in prison. A message from the Victim Reporting Network on November 8 indicated that Yee was being held at a maximum security prison in Crest Hill, Illinois.

In the short period that Yee was released from prison, he posted two blog posts, including one defending the actions that got him jailed in the US in the first place.

He also said he planned to return Singapore, even though he knew he would have to serve time there for failing to fulfill his national service obligations. /TISG

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