My life was a horrible mess, I had serious problems and I was the last one to know it. I made a stupid decision one warm night in June that cost me my freedom, family and destroyed my character.
It was like living a nightmare. I was a husband and a father to three small kids whom I loved dearly. I graduated high school, spent four years in the military and was a licensed funeral director. I was enslaved to alcohol, drugs and pornography and I had no idea who I was as a man. I lived a double life as a person who served the community on one side of town and who was a liar, thief, fornicator and manipulator on the other.
I was booked and charged with murder in the Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas. That was ten years ago.
In reflection, I was a nice guy raised by loving parents, a brother and three sisters. The only mistake I think my parents made in raising me, was that they didn’t tell me enough about Jesus. I believed in Him, but I did not know Him, in turn my life was riddled with bad decisions.
Prison today for me is a blessing. Now, don’t take that wrong. The Texas Prison System is a very racist slave plantation with the majority being black, then Hispanic and minimally white. They give out time like government cheese and do not honor the parole system.
I take full ownership of my life while making every day highly productive. I’m involved in an array of ministerial duties, a teacher’s assistant and will be attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for a degree in Biblical Studies.
I owe much of my rehabilitation to my supportive family. I miss my freedom, jazz music, the wonderful food, riding my motorcycle and most of all my children. My faith in Lord Jesus Christ, knowing he loves me and has a plan and purpose for my life, is what gets me through each day. I spend my time sharing the love of Christ and being a living testimony.
Most of all, I thank my three loyal wise men, brothers Mark, Louis and Oscar, who stand with me daily. As we like to say in prison ‘we are keeping it 100’ we are being real. I love you guys