RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man on death row who wrote a taunting letter to a newspaper gives a different version of his life in communications with family members.

Kathy Hembree Ledbetter released a letter Thursday written by her brother, Danny, in which he says life in prison is "overwhelming" and "depressing."

Danny Hembree was sentenced to death for murdering 17-year-old Heather Catterton in 2009. He's scheduled to go on trial in March in the killing of Randi Dean Saldana, whose burned body was found in Blacksburg, S.C.

This week, a letter from Hembree was printed in The Gaston Gazette. He described himself as a man of leisure and taunted readers.

Ledbetter says her brother is mentally ill and wrote the letter as a way of lashing out.