Star magazine spoke with 33 year old Santra Rucker who is serving a 390 year sentence for conspiracy to sell drugs. Rucker claims to be receiving two letters a week from Alicia Keys, “We started off writing as friends, then we began to exchange spiritual messages. Then it became sisterly love.” Rucker claims she is innocent of the charges and has had Keys help her win freedom. Rucker has written to 150 politicians, and many times has Keys stamp and mail them.
For her part, Keys explained in an interview about her single ‘Fallin’, “I got the idea for the video from a magazine article I read in New York about a woman called Santra Rucker. It just broke my heart. She was dating a drug dealer. He set her up, she went to court and got found guilty by association. She got sentenced to 13 consecutive life sentences: 390 years. I’m writing to her now, because I’m feelin’ what she’s goin’ through. I’ve been like her. That could be me in there.”