A Florida man accused of killing his parents and brother hopes to get sprung from jail with a little help from reporters — and a lot from a kind-hearted millionaire, saying he’d be “eternally grateful” for the generosity.
Emails sent by Grant Amato, 29, from a prison in Sanford to reporters show that the man accused of killing his family after stealing $200,000 from them and wiring the cash to a Bulgarian cam girl has been trying to raise money in unorthodox ways for his $750,000 bond that was set by a judge in April.
In one message obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Amato told a reporter at an Orlando television station that he’d share his story if released, saying he missed the everyday minutiae of life as a free man.
“I just want to feel the sun again, feel the breeze on my skin … feel the simple pleasures every innocent man feels,” Amato wrote a WESH reporter.
Amato also asked the reporter — as well as another journalist from WKMG — if their employers would offer anything in exchange for an exclusive interview with the suspected triple murderer. Amato even went a step further with a New York-based videographer, asking the man if he could enlist the help of a millionaire to help him with his sizable bond.
“If you happen to know any … who would like to post my bond, I’d be eternally grateful and I’d give exclusive rights for you to my story,” Amato wrote Colin Archdeacon on May 11.
In another message to Archdeacon, Amato said his life “still remains as depressing as the day I found out what happened at my home and my subsequent wrongful arrest and incarceration.”
Amato has pleaded not guilty to what police have called the “execution-style” shootings of his parents, Margaret and Chad Amato, as well as his brother Cody Amato. The three were found dead a day after Amato was kicked out of his family’s home in Chuluota in January due to his online relationship with a Bulgarian woman whom he sent $200,000 after meeting her on a website called Cam Girls.
Amato’s bond conditions preclude him from using funds from his parents’ estate and he cannot contact witnesses in his forthcoming trial, including his half-brother, Jason Amato, the Sentinel reports.
In another message to Archdeacon, Amato said he believed his half-brother’s mission is now to “make my life that much harder” by not believing in his innocence.
None of Amato’s offers were accepted, the newspaper reports. The accused killer also reminisced on the fonder memories he had prior to his arrest, including a trip to Japan with Cody Amato in December.
“They all remind me of the family that was taken from me and the brother I loved more than anything in this world,” Amato wrote in another message.
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