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L.I.F.E. After Lockup

Join Anthony Walton in his series about L.I.F.E. After Lockup. Rev. Walton was incarcerated over 20 years ago. He tells of how personal tragedy can change your life for the better with determination, a positive attitude, and help from the community.



Shon Holland - September 26, 2014
Shon Holland unfortunately grew up in a family that was involved in violence, alcohol and drugs. That early life steered him down a path of self destruction. He was in and out of prison three times before he turned his life around. "I never wanted help when I was going back to prison," said Holland. "I never wanted advice. I knew it all. I was too smart for that. I was too wise." It took a armed robbery of his own home to change his ruinous lifestyle. "I watched the guy put a pistol to my wife's head, I watched them drag her out of the bed," said Holland. "That was the worse thing that I ever experienced in my life. It robbed me of my security, but at the same time it was my blessing. I was spared when I could have been killed."
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Lisa Jones - April 25, 2014
Lisa Jones was in her 30's when she became lost in her drug addiction and found herself struggling to support a $500 per day habit. Addiction cost Jones her home, her job, her children, and almost cost her life. "I'm at my rock bottom, and there's no place else for me to look but up," said Jones from her jail cell. "But what I see is a chance to fly and spread my wings and overcome this."
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William Webster - November 25, 2013
William Webster grew up wanting what other people had and he was willing to steal to get those things. Webster described himself in those days as a "stick up man" and when he was fifteen he spent six months in a county jail for snatching an empty purse. When he was twenty-one he did four years in a penitentiary. "Being a criminal, it's a lifestyle that you can't walk away from," said Webster. "The more you get, the more you want."
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Claude Copeland Part 1 - September 9, 2013
When Claude Copeland's father died when he was nineteen, he lost all self control. He became a heroin addict and resorted to robbing and stealing to support his growing habit. Copeland ultimately spent 36 years in a federal prison. He was just moments away from suicide the day that he miraculously met Anthony Walton.
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Claude Copeland Part 2 - September 9, 2013
Claude Copeland received a fifty year illegal sentence to a maximum security prison in Tennessee. When you've got someone else pulling for you, you can't give up on yourself," said Copeland. "I have a great family that stands behind me, I've got a beautiful support system.
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Melva Wright - June 19, 2013
Melva Wright's story is one of a vicious cycle. Once she was incarcerated, that experience severely limited her financially and her ability to climb out of poverty for years and years after her release. This same cycle affects an ever-growing percentage of the United States. Melva Wright's father was a drug dealer and her mother was a prostitute. As a result she grew up in foster care. Eventually her problems led her to have a drug problem, which she served 6 years in prison. She also served 6 years for shoplifting.
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Roosevelt Pearson - March 4, 2013
Roosevelt Pearson has been in and out of prison for 26 years of his life. A Peer Mentor at CenterPoint Recovery Center for Men, Pearson seeks to rescue people from the life that he once fell prey to.
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Roosevelt Pearson - February 19, 2013
Roosevelt Pearson has been in and out of prison for 26 years of his life. He was physically and sexually abused by his step-father. At thirteen years old he became addicted to heroine. Learn how his life has changed 180 degrees. Pearson is currently a Peer Mentor at CenterPoint Recovery Center for Men.
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Edwin Chandler Part 1 - October 23, 2012
In 1993 Edwin Chandler was arrested for a crime that he did not commit. He was convicted of second degree manslaughter and first degree robbery, and was facing thirty years as his sentence. "I had a thirty year window to work on myself. . . . How much good can I produce on this day?" said Chandler. "I could better myself and be more productive. . . I continued to choose the right direction in life." After serving nearly ten years he was paroled, and he began his quest for exoneration, which he was granted in 2009.
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Edwin Chandler Part 2 - October 23, 2012
In 1993 Edwin Chandler was arrested for a crime that he did not commit. Watch Part 2 of his story.
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Spencer Cozart - August 27, 2012
Spencer Cozart has been through several ups and downs in life. When he injured his back on the job, he began to deal with cronic pain. He became addicted to pain pills and was soon self medicating. His addiction ultimately led him to being arrested and he served 11 1/2 months behind bars. Cozart is now striving to help people in the same conditions of his former self.
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Kristina Johnson - June 11, 2012
Kristina Johnson began life on her own at the age of fifteen. With the help of a fake i.d., she had her first apartment and was able to find work. Influenced by her boyfriend she began making some poor decisions. She began using drugs and was charged with possession shortly thereafter. She faced 6 1/2 years of prison or McCracken County's Drug Court. "It definitely saved my life. . . " said Johnson. "I wouldn't be sitting here today, if it hadn't went to jail. I wouldn't have graduated from college." Johnson has a bachelor's degree in physiology and counseling.
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John Barham - April 16, 2012
Barham was a High School basketball star in Tennessee in the early 70's when pride set in. But pride comes before the fall in this story. He started experimenting with drugs soon after high school. His first trip to prison was for 10-15 years for possession of five pills of LSD, with no prior record. He was in prison on three separate occasions, in drug treatment three times, and spent countless nights in jail. His inspirational story does have a happy ending, as Barham has been drug free for fourteen years, he has self published several books, and he is currently trying to help people that are imprisoned just as he once was.
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Bill Lapham - February 6, 2012
Bill Lipham began drinking at the age of fourteen. His father was an alcoholic, and he fell victim to the family cycle. Alcoholism affected his entire family. He tried several times to quit, but was unsuccessful. "My addictive behavior created my own prison," said Lipham. See how Bill Lipham was finally able to turn loose of the bottle on L.I.F.E. After Lockup.
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Free at Last Part 1 - October 3, 2011
Barney Brown was an average teenager in 1970. He played shortstop for his High School, was named all county and had a dream of playing for the Yankees. That dream came crashing down when he was sentenced to life in prison for a crime that he did not commit. Barney Brown was wrongfully imprisoned for 38 years in a Florida state prison -- the longest time unjustly served in United States history.
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Free at Last Part 2 - October 3, 2011
Barney Brown tells his story of hope and of how he survived 38 years in a Florida state prison. He kept telling his story of innocence until someone -- anyone would listen. Barney Brown was one of the first college graduates in the Florida prison system.
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Wrongfully Imprisoned Part 1 - August 22, 2011
In 1977 Lawrence McKinney was wrongfully imprisoned for rape and burglary. He spent the next 32 years trying to convince anyone that he was innocent. I felt like I was all alone in there," said McKinney. "The thing that I needed to do was try to do the best that I can."
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Wrongfully Imprisoned Part 2 - August 22, 2011
Lawrence McKinney was convicted of first-degree rape and burglary in 1978 at the age of twenty-two. For many years he claimed his innocence to deaf ears. In May 2005 the Innocence Project began to help Lawrence. In November 2005 the Innocence Project had the DNA evidence to prove that Lawrence McKinney was innocent. Lawrence spent 6 more months in jail before he was exonerated. Lawrence McKinney is an ordained minister with an inspiring story.
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Cecil Barnette - July 25, 2011
Cecil Barnette ran with the wrong crowd when he was younger. In 1969 he was still upset after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. He and this group of radicals plotted to "rectify" the deed. He ended up being arrested after this retaliation and served two years at Al Gore Reformatory.
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Karlton Harris - June 14, 2011
Karlton Harris grew up in a single parent household on the Southside of Chicago. At the age of ten he was introduced to gang activity. He went to prison for the first time at the age of 18. After serving 9 months in prison, he was released on house arrest and was almost immediately re-arrested for drug possession and armed violence and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Harris's story of transformation is sure to inspire. "People that are in prison spend more time counting the days," said Harris. "Instead of making the days count." Harris hopes to form an association of former offenders to inspire others who have been caught up in the criminal justice system.
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David Doyle - May 24, 2011
As a young child David Doyle received abuse from his older brothers. As a result he turned to the streets for protection. He immediately started getting in trouble and wound up in and out of jail for several years. At the age of 29 he was convicted of assault and was sent to prison for 8 years. While in prison he saw acts that ranged from cruel to grotesque. Doyle speaks about his life in prison, and his complete transformation. According to Doyle, "anybody can make it, if they want to."
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Juvenile Detention Center - March 7, 2011
Alan Jeter, former Corrections Officer, gives an inside look at the the Juvenile Detention Center.
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Parent/Child Laws - December 2, 2010
Anthony Walton speaks with Michael Murphy, McCracken County Attorney about many common misconceptions about the justice system. (more)
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Lewis G. Foster - September 29, 2010
After being beaten as a child, Lewis G. Foster took to the streets at the age of fourteen. Foster slept in the woods or on the street in all weather conditions. He eventually turned to selling drugs to provide for himself. Foster tells his inspirational story of how far he has journeyed.
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Failures of the Criminal Justice System - July 19, 2010
Is the war on drugs working? The prison population in Kentucky has increased 400% since the 1970's while the crime rate has remained relatively flat. Attorney, Bard Brian discusses this problem with the system along with many others.
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Felisha Ellison - May 20, 2010
Having been in and out of jail for 12 years, Felisha Ellison wants to be on the right path. "Each struggle that I go through only makes me stronger," said Ellison. "Someone else might go through something similar that I've been through then I can let them know that it gets better, it just takes time."
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Deborah Garthwright - March 29, 2010
Many people will often plead guilty to commiting a crime when they are innocent. Deborah Garthwright claims to have made that decision and regrets it to this day.
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Margaret Green - January 11, 2010
Margaret Green tells her story of hope for those who were once incarcerated. Locked away in a Federal prison, she was separated from her three children for nearly twelve years due to her non-violent offense. "My life was based on selfishness, prior to my incaration," said Green. "Even though it hurt me to the core to have to leave my children. I don't believe that I was even was capable of being a good mother to them."
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LaRance Leavell - December 7, 2009
When it comes to the drug arena, LaRance Leavell is not your tipical addict. "Nothing satisfied me," said Leavell. "I'm a recovering addict." In and out of jail since he was just fourteen, Leavell struggles with an addiction to selling drugs.
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Crossroads - September 17, 2009
Christy Batts, Director of Crossroads explains how they monitor probation in our area.
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Kimberly Yates - July 10, 2009
Kimberly Yates got mixed up with drugs at a young age and paid the price in state and federal prison. Kimberly shares the story of the worst time in her life. While in federal prison, she was sexual abused by a prison officer and refused to be silent about the abuse despite threats to her and her family if she came forward. Kimberly talks about her devastating time behind bars and how her life has changed since she was released. She talks about taking responsibility for your choices and decisions, the critical importance of having support from counselors, friends, and family, and that it's possible to be successful with a determined and strong work ethic.
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Edward Loving - April 16, 2009
Edward Loving began his life of crime on the streets of Detroit when he was only nine years old. He was even incarcerated at the age of thirteen when his mother passed. Loving tells of how God and his church turned his life around. "The storms are what make us who we are," explained Loving. He has been out of jail for seven years.
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Mike Miller - March 16, 2009
Mike Miller spent 10 years in a Georgia prison for armed robbery. "I used my time in prison as a learning experience" he says. During his incarceration, Miller survived with the support of his family and his faith in God. "Family support must be there. I think it's a must", he states. Upon release, Miller moved to get a fresh start and make a positive change in his life. He went to college and turned his life around with his family's continued encouragement and by trusting in the covenant he made with God to never return to prison.
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Anthony Fagan - February 17, 2009
Anthony Fagan spent nine years in prison. He is now rebuilding his life as a carpenter. After his release, Fagan relocated and made new friends - something he says was important for his new life. He says "a lot of people out there, they will help you, if you try." Fagan "refused to lose and keeps striving to make it." He shares his stories of struggle and success.
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Jim Trimble - January 12, 2009
Paducah's Lifeline Ministries Founder, Jim Trimble joins Anthony Walton to talk about his life changing experience during his time in prison. He also talks about the help that is available for men and women at Lifeline Ministries and Ladies Living Free. Paducah Lifeline Ministries, Inc. is a community based treatment program that helps people who struggle with life-controlling problems through Christ-Centered curriculums. The goal of PLM is to develop men and women into accountable spouses, committed parents, responsible children, and good citizens, that can bring stability into their homes and make positive contributions to the community.
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Robert T Bramley - November 24, 2008
Robert T Bramley explains how dealing drugs can be just as addictive as using drugs. Released from jail nine months ago, Bramley reached bottom and is now climbing back.
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Tolise Moore-Newman - October 27, 2008
Addicted to crack for over nineteen years, Tolise tells her story of dependency to Pastor Anthony Walton. After many attempts to quit, she was only able to after "she" wanted to quit. Tolise Moore-Newman has been clean for two years.
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Darlene Pendleton- September 28, 2008
Darlene Pendleton was facing the electric chair when she was 18 years old. But she says God had another plan. Through a twist of fate, Darlene's sentence was changed and so was her life. While in prison, she accepted Christ and His forgiveness, outlined her goals for the future, and worked in a prison program as a motivational speaker. She now works as an Education Coordinator in Nashville, TN. This is her story.
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Don Hollowell - August 25, 2008
Don Hollowell, Real Estate Investor, joins Anthony Walton to tell his story of incarceration. Hollowell tells how difficult it is for him to get a good job after his release from prison in 2003.
He faces many hardships as he continues to try rebuild his life after lockup.
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William Eric Hutcheson - July 14, 2008
William Eric Hutcheson joins Anthony Walton and tells his story of his life as an ex-offender. He shares about his treatment in jail, the drug court system and early release program, and the support of God and his family that helped pull him through the ordeal.
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Michael Pryor - June 16, 2008
Michael Pryor, Fulton Business Owner, joins Anthony Walton to tell his story. Pryor tells just how difficult it is for a convicted felon to find a good job.
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Silvia Johnson - May 12, 2008
Silvia Johnson joins Anthony Walton and shares her story of life after lockup. Silvia was addicted to drugs and alcohol and in and out of jail for sixteen years. She tells of the pain, guilt, and loneliness that led to her addiction and how God delivered her from her past and brought her full circle into the wonderful life she enjoys today. Silvia is the facilitator for Life Savers, a group that helps others like herself. The group meets every Tuesday at Christ Temple Church in Paducah.
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Richard Jones - March 31, 2008
Richard Jones joins Anthony Walton for the inaguaral episode. Richard tells his story of how difficult life can be for the ex-offender.
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