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Old 10-04-2013, 10:09 AM
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Default Can't believe it will be 4 years in February

I have been a long time PTO member - From December 2006 when the shit hit the fan to now!

I will have been out of prison for four years in February. When I was sentenced to 120 years for Embezzlement with all of it suspended but 3 years. I did 2-1/2 with good behavior and walked out of prion on supervised probation.

I have to say it was tough - struggled a lot - adjusted a lot - lost a lot but I was determined and in February 2013 I was released from supervised probation!!!!!

This allows me to have my complete FREEDOM back! Sure I might be on "paper" but that is a lot better than what I was...

I take one day at a time and that is all I can do...

Sure I have restitution of $860k and I owe over $300k in taxes (yep the IRS loves to tax the embezzlement cases) but it is all good - IRS deemed me "non-collectable" and I pay my monthly restitution as ordered for the rest of my life....

Today I am happy and hopeful for what my future holds. I am actually glad I went to prison - I changed for the better and I am a much better human being b/c of prison!

I hope that my story that I have shared with so many will help just one person...

When you lose EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING it makes you stop and have a reality check!!!

If anyone needs to chat or is feeling the pressure of an upcoming court situation dealing with Embezzlement don't hesitate to PM me - I will help as much as I can!!!

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Well I have been out over 5 years now and I am still doing well. I have a great job and a great life. I will tell you that being a convicted felon has it's days. It's tough to even get an apartment. I can tell you that being honest and up front is the best policy.

I no longer want the "criminal thinking" to over shadow my success. I try to not think about my past but every now and then I do.

My crime devastated many people to include my victim's and my family. Do I wish I could turn back the hands of time and not have done it??? Sure but then I wouldn't be where I am today. I am strong and confident and I feel good about life.

Prison will never be a "walk in the park" but you make the best of it right?

I don't post here often and in fact haven't since last year but thought I would stop in!

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That's great you're doing so well!! It gives hope to many I am sure
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Well, on February 19th, 2017, was my 7th year anniversary that I walked out of prison. February 19th is also my birthday so that day is extra special for me. It will be 10 years in May that I plead guilty for my crime and it will be 10 years in August that I went to prison. This site was my life line during December 2006 and August 2007. I was devastated when I had the unknown about prison. I got a wealth of information from this site and good people who kept up with me and made sure I would understand all what was going on. I did my time, 2.5 years due to good behavior and walked out of prison, never to return. I have time over my head still. My sentencing was 120 years, all but 3 years suspended. My first 20 years, with 3 suspended is still looming over me. I have about 10 more years to go on my good behavior but I got off probation back in February 2013 and I am thrilled.

Fast forward today, I am very happy and content. I have a good job now for almost 4 years and life is good. The key to success, is keeping your mind clear and telling yourself failure isn't an option. You have to continue to keep going and know that you made a mistake and that it's okay. Life is what you make it!!!
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Amazing to read about your successes and how you've pulled through....congratulations and all the best in the future
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Well, on February 19th, 2017, was my 7th year anniversary that I walked out of prison. February 19th is also my birthday so that day is extra special for me. It will be 10 years in May that I plead guilty for my crime and it will be 10 years in August that I went to prison. This site was my life line during December 2006 and August 2007. I was devastated when I had the unknown about prison. I got a wealth of information from this site and good people who kept up with me and made sure I would understand all what was going on. I did my time, 2.5 years due to good behavior and walked out of prison, never to return. I have time over my head still. My sentencing was 120 years, all but 3 years suspended. My first 20 years, with 3 suspended is still looming over me. I have about 10 more years to go on my good behavior but I got off probation back in February 2013 and I am thrilled.

Fast forward today, I am very happy and content. I have a good job now for almost 4 years and life is good. The key to success, is keeping your mind clear and telling yourself failure isn't an option. You have to continue to keep going and know that you made a mistake and that it's okay. Life is what you make it!!!
Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It gives me hope that my son can have a life once he's released next February. He has the attitude you mentioned (failure isn't an option) but I know he's worried that no one will look past his label. Being able to tell him that there are people who have gone through the fire & survived is giving him the courage to dream again.

Keep posting & good luck!
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