On February 2, 1982, Sherral Kahey was sentenced to life in prison without parole, but she always believed that God had a bigger purpose for her.
“I am a miracle. I received a life sentence. That meant I was going into prison on two feet, and I was supposed to come out in a body bag,” Kahey said.
At the time, Kahey was Islamic. Her husband had three other wives. It was through this marriage that she became involved in a case of child abuse and malnutrition. Kahey was charged as a principle to second-degree murder in the death of a 12-year-old boy, named Arthur.
Kahey said that Arthur died while receiving discipline from his mother.
“She hit him over the head with a broom stick, and he never got back up,” Kahey said, but Kahey was not there at the time of death.
“I did the most time, but I was the least culpable,” Kahey said, “which is why many people took interest in my case.”
Kahey said that she wrote many letters and reached out to as many officials as possible to spread awareness about the injustice of her life sentence. After contacting Judge Trudy White and a pathologist, a reexamination showed that Arthur actually died of a heart condition. It was at this moment that Kahey qualified for immediate release after serving 27 and half years.
Kahey has now dedicated her life to helping female ex-offenders transition back into society.
“I would see women that would get out, and maybe a year, sometimes less, sometimes more, they’re back. Nobody leaves prison and says, I’ll be back,” Kahey said.
Kahey said that she noticed that there were few facilities that focused on helping female ex-offenders transition back into society.
“And that’s when something fell into my spirit…God said you do it,” Kahey said. “That’s when I received the vision for Miracle’s Manor.”
Kahey has just recently moved into a three bedroom house to jumpstart Miracle’s Manor. She plans on housing at least two to four women by summer 2014.
“Well, I told God that I wanted a mansion, and I believe He will give it to me,” Kahey said. “As for now, I know this is my starting point. I do not despise small beginnings.”