He was serving 50 year sentence for drug charges.
When: January 3rd, 2021
Where: Bang Kwang Central Prison, Nonthaburi province
Who: Worayot Bunthongnoom, alias Pat Power Pat
What: In 2004, the superstar singer Worayot Boonthongnoom, better known as Pat Power Pat, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for drug possession and sale.
Police nabbed the superstar in a sting where Pat Power Pat was to sell 2,989 ecstasy tabs, 4 bottles of ketamine liquid, and cannabis, worth a total of 2 million baht. Pat said that he did it because he had an underdog’s life with no work and had to turn to drugs.
Pat was imprisoned in Bang Kwang Central Prison in Nonthaburi province. Pat is 39 years old now. He spent his time in prison doing self-improvement like earning his bachelor’s degree, learning to draw, playing guitar, writing music, and teaching fellow prisoners how to play music. He was a model inmate and he received reductions in his sentence many times.
It was announced in the press that Pat was going to be released from prison. He was acquitted on January 4th, 2021, after serving 16 years and 6 months in prison.
Video of him earning a degree:
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My take: There are two things that interest me from this story.
First, that he was able to get released after 16 years from being sentenced for 50. His model behavior seems to have played into the early release – but I’m wondering if there were other factors?
Second, according to the report, he had the opportunity to play music, teach others music, earn a degree, and do other hobbies while in Bang Kwang. This goes against the narrative of that joint. Curious as to how his experience compares to others.
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