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Woman engaged to prisoner she’s never met who won’t be released for 20 years

A woman is getting married to a prisoner she has never met but he will not be freed until 2032.

Social work graduate Kelly Jacobs, 28, who lives in the Netherlands, is engaged after forming a pen pal relationship with James 'Wyatt' Dentel who is locked up in Oregon, USA.

Wyatt was jailed in 2019 for 20 years after shooting four men but that has not got in the way of him finding love with a stranger 5,000 miles away.

The convict popped the question over video call and the pair are now planning their big day inside his prison walls this October.

In addition to a glitzy engagement ring, Kelly has marked their commitment with the letter 'W' inked on the same finger.

"He proposed with a prison-made ring, but then he had someone in the free world order a ring at a jeweller for me," said Kelly, who is hoping to work in psychiatry now she has graduated.

Wyatt is serving a 20-year sentence at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon for assault, and unlawful use of a firearm during a bar brawl in 2012.

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Kelly explained: "He was with a girlfriend, they were at a bar and they got attacked by five strangers, he tried to protect himself and his girlfriend, he pulled a gun and shot four of them, but none of them died."

"He is worried that I won't pick up the phone eventually, or that I won't wait for him. He asks me how I feel about not having sex for such a long time, he worries how I would react if someone else flirts with me.

"But he says he's quite confident that I will wait because I'm not the kind of person who goes to parties or leads a crazy life.

"I sometimes wonder if there won't be physical chemistry when we meet in person for the first time, but I'm not worried too much.

"When Covid is over I plan to move closer to his prison so that I can visit him as much as possible.

"I had just bought my first ticket to visit him before the pandemic struck, but I had to cancel it because of the travel restrictions."

At the end of 2019, she joined writeaprisoner.com and chose Wyatt to correspond with.

"I wasn't picky, I just chose someone who looked friendly.

As their correspondence continued, they began to fall in love.

"My parents were really shocked at first but once they had spoken to him online a few times they really grew to like him.

Before Wyatt proposed he sought permission from Kelly's father.

"He wrote my dad a letter and my dad gave his blessing. My dad is going to come with me to the wedding," said Kelly.

"My family and friends have mostly been really supportive of our relationship, I am lucky.

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