Woman: Jared Fogle Sent Me 'Horrifying' Prison Letter

Former girlfriend Brena Firkins reached out first
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2016 5:36 AM CDT
Updated May 2, 2016 6:30 AM CDT
Woman: Jared Fogle Sent Me 'Horrifying' Prison Letter
Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the federal courthouse in Indianapolis in 2015.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

So, how's it going for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle? "It's been a very hard nine months for me," he allegedly wrote in a March 25 letter sent from the Colorado prison where he's serving more than 15 years for child porn and having illicit sexual conduct with a child. Letter recipient Brena Firkins tells Fox 59 that she met Fogle about eight years ago on a dating site and that the two had a sexual relationship for about a month. She says she wrote to him first because she "kind of felt bad for him," but she describes what she got back as "kind of horrifying." In the handwritten, one-page letter, sent in an envelope bearing Fogle's prison ID number, the former sandwich company spokesman admits to making "a couple of mistakes but nothing like the media reports have said."

"Bottom line," Fogle continues, "my director of my foundation and friend did some bad stuff and tried to throw me under the bus with him." Fogle also asks for more photos, which a post at the Delish blog finds "troublesome" given his history with sex addiction. (Written in the letter's margin: "You're so hot—just like I remember.") Firkins says she and Fogle went on to exchange some emails ("I didn't want to hurt his feelings"), but that's done now. Fogle's attorney had no comment on the letter. Fogle, who claims he was unjustly punished for his thoughts, is trying to get a shorter sentence. He has a hearing scheduled for May 20 at a federal appeals court in Chicago, per WGN. (Fogle reportedly was attacked in the prison yard.)

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