Woman shares prison letter from Jared Fogle

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –- A woman who says Jared Fogle wrote her from prison is sharing the letter with the public.

Brena Firkins told WXIN that she had a very personal relationship with the ex-Subway pitchman several years ago.

The two met on a dating site about eight years ago, according to the report Firkins says she had a sexual relationship with Fogle for about a month before they lost contact.

“We just had a good time,” Firkins said. “He was, like, real generous. He took me shopping a lot. He paid for everything. He paid for my rent. He would give me gift cards.”

When Firkins heard about Fogle's prison sentence, she decided to reach out.

“I kind of felt bad for him, and I wrote him to see how he was doing. And he wrote me back and sent this letter that was kind of horrifying,” said Firkins.

In November 2015, a federal judge sentenced Fogle to serve 15-and-a-half years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to receive child pornography and traveling to have sex with a minor.

Fogle’s former foundation director and friend Russell Taylor was sentenced to 27 years in prison, pleading guilty to 12 counts of producing child pornography and a count of distributing child pornography.

Prosecutors say Fogle viewed those videos and knew what Taylor was doing. He didn't do anything to stop him, prosecutors said, adding that Fogle knew some of the minors.

Taylor also provided him with commercial child pornography.

According to court documents, Fogle paid to have sex with minors, contacting prostitutes to facilitate the encounters.

In a short one-page letter that Firkins shared with WXIN, Fogle gives us a small glimpse into life behind bars for and what he said has been unfair treatment by the media and others.

“It’s been a very hard nine months from me,” Firkins read from a handwritten letter postmarked March 25, from the Englewood federal correctional institution in Littleton, Colorado, where Jared Fogle is currently serving his prison sentence on child porn and child sex charges.

The envelope is marked with Fogle’s prison identification number, 12919-028.

“I made a couple of mistakes but nothing like the media reports have said," part of the letter reads. "They are making me into some sort of monster which is absolutely not true.”

“I’m currently appealing my prison sentence and am hoping for the best with it," the letter says. "Bottom line, my director of my foundation and friend did some bad stuff and tried to throw me under the bus with him.”

Fogle asks Firkins to send more pictures writing, “Are you dating anyone? I need you in my life big time. I’ve thought a lot about you over the years but had no way to contact you.”

After learning Fogle had access to email, Firkins says the two have exchanged a few emails, but claims they are now done talking.

According to WXIN, Fogle got treatment and attended Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting before he was sentenced.

Sex therapist Carol Juergensen Sheets says the letter shows Fogle still has a long road to go.

“He hasn’t figured out what he needs to do to get healthy,” said Sheets. “From that letter, he’s minimizing, and sex addicts or people that have sexual compulsivity tend to minimize, justify, and defend themselves, and that’s what I see in the letter. He’s obviously a man who hasn’t had enough recovery yet to be 100 percent responsible for his behavior.”

Oral arguments for Fogle’s appeal are scheduled for next month in Chicago.


  • bob

    Typical dippy female writing to a con, and a typical “I’m innocent’ letter FROM the con.

    Cons I can understand. We know what they are. That’s why we locked them up. But why won’t women learn? The more evil the inmate the more women are just hungering to get with him.

  • Sandra

    Screw this perv. He is a child molester who fully knew what he was doing. And, for this woman to feel sorry for a child molester??? Wth is wrong with her? She’s got issue’s herself, obviously. No sympathy. I think they all deserve the death penalty the first time. Cause when they’re caught, it just means they’ve no doubt been getting away with it. Finally got caught! He, and no other creep like this should ever be free to fu** up children’s lives. Like I said, ” no sympathy”!!!

    • BOB

      This woman really wants to brag about her loose morals? Women like Brena Firkins come a dime a dozen. Maybe fun for an hour but after that what would you do with her?

  • Real Talk

    Know what that dirt bag needs to do to “get healthy”..??
    Die..that’s what.
    A big Thank You to you Mr. Steve Nigg..the individual who beat Fogel and gave him what he really deserves.
    Hey Jared..do society a huge favor and die..take the idiots writing to you in prison with you when you do..the only people who enjoy corresponding with a p.o.s. such as yourself are most likely other perverts or pedophiles.
    Thank God for heroes like Steve Nigg who gave you what you deserve..we sure could use a million more like him.

    • BOB

      @REAL TALK
      People like Fogle serve a useful purpose. They are available to service women like Brena Firkins.

      • Real Talk

        Wouldn’t exactly deem that as being what one would call a “useful” purpose Bob.
        My personal opinion is that both the aforementioned parties be of genuine service to society by committing themselves to a nice dirt nap resulting in them collectively pushing up pansies and thus @ least making some form of positive contribution to life in general other than being demented perverts ya know??..
        That’s just my opinion though.
        Free Steve Nigg!!

      • BOB

        @REAL TALK
        Steve Nigg was scheduled to be released from prison in 2024. Maybe a couple extra years will help Steve learn how to behave. Meantime Brena Firkins wants to brag about a sexual relationship she had that lasted a month with somebody she wasn’t married to? You can always find a man who will service you if you’re desperate enough.

  • Dramakiller

    Fogle: “Waaaah! I’m sick and tired of being a prison b****! My life here sucks! I wanna kill myself! Too many $5 footlong cockmeat sandwiches”
    Brena: “Wow. You chose to have sex with underage minors, knowing full well the consequences of indulging your sick and twisted pedophile desires. Now you’re writing to me complaining about how you’re getting treated in prison? I’m done with you.”

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