Happy Birthday to Bart as he turns 65 spending 26 years wrongfully convicted. Please consider sending him $5 or any amount for his prison commissary account as he’ll be sure to write you personally a thank you note in return

As Barton’s wrongful conviction appeal process continues onto the 4th District Appellate Court located in Springfield, Illinois, please consider writing him a message of encouragement or consider making a small $5 donation via his GiveButter account found on his Facebook page and FreeBart org website. All comments that accompany your donation sent onto Bart with anything received deposited onto his prison commissary account he can then use. Thank you!


Thank you Melissa, Barton’s former Red Lobster coworker and friend for writing “Happy Birthday and I’ll Keep Praying” and $25 birthday gift on his Givebutter fundraising page he will be very happy to learn of.

A special shout out also to all those previous generous donors that have visited his GiveButter page in the past that have made generous donations as well. Paul Hale who wrote “I believe in your innocence”, Sydney Lewis, Susan Smith, Cyndi & RC, Tina Parker and several other anonymous donors.

Also to all those who have made such important and immeasurable donations of their time and money to help Barton over the many long years. Larry, Joani, Mandy, Jeff, Joe, Tom, Jane, Denise, Mike, Vickie, the list goes on.

Family members Grace, Jeanne, Scott, Judy (RIP), Annette, Mark and others here too.

Also the many reporters Barton has come to learn over the years and who now also stand with him in his fight for innocence. Edith, Scott, Brooke, Matthew, Austin, Jenise, Tanya, Amber, Kade, Paul, Ben, Howard, Blake, the folks with WGLT, The Pantagraph, WEEK-25, WMBD, The Vidette, WZND, Jupiter, Oxygen, NBC Universal, WJBC, Davis Vanguard, Hearst and many others with the very important “Fourth Estate”.

It is important things like getting Bart’s important story out to the public, and direct communications from supporters to Bart, that makes him strong in the face of such adversity.

Each day, a step in the right direction due to the herculean efforts of his legal team with the Illinois Innocence Project and the Exoneration Project who are driving his freedom train. Attorneys John, Karl, Lauren, Stephanie, Leanne and Brian and the founder of the Illinois Innocence Project, Larry Golden. Countless law students as well in addition to former ISU Law Professor Dr. Gwen Jordan.

Barton will make good use of all contributions he receives on what will be a special and memorable birthday as he turns 65.

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