In 1979 I joined the Hell’s Henchmen motorcycle club. That is when my partying days really started. Even the cops were leery of us. I started getting into trouble, doing drugs and going to jail on a regular basis.
In those days, it was an honor to get locked up. The club would put your picture up on the “wall of fame,” and was always there to help you and your family.
I was dealing drugs, guns, and explosives. I was a member of Hell’s Henchman for 17 years. I made Lieutenant and Sergeant at Arms. In 1996, the Hell’s Henchmen became the Hell’s Angels, the largest motorcycle club in the world, and also the most violent.
I got locked up for 18 months on a gun and drug charge. Four months after I got out, I was heading back to prison. I had the club behind me, but no family. Living the biker lifestyle isn’t a joke. I have a 30 year drug addiction and a 31 year biker lifestyle. In March 2010, I went to inpatient detox. I had to; I was drinking a gallon of vodka a day, along with a 12 pack of beer, and at least 3 grams of coke.
Between county jails and prison, I have spent 20 years locked up. I knew if I didn’t do something now, I would end up killing myself or someone else! I’m 52 and with a 20 year sentence on me, I’d be in my 70’s when I got out, I don’t want that. I have kids and grandkids I haven’t even met.
So I made some phone calls. One was Teen Challenge; I thought it would be for people in their teens, so I didn’t call them. Later, my mom told me about my uncle who was just as bad as me, if not worse. She said he went through Teen Challenge in California, and he’s been clean for 2 ½ years! I still had their number, so I called.
When I found out that it was a year program, I thought, what the heck. I didn’t get this way over night, and I know a 45 day or 90 day inpatient program isn’t going to work. So here I am.
I have a long way to go, but look how I acted for 31 years. Every time I went to jail or prison, I thought it was cool! I’ve been places and seen things that would scare the devil. I’m not glorifying biker life; I got 20 years of lockup time, that’s 20 years I can’t get back. I believe that I am right where God wants me to be!
When the program is over, I’m going to go back to school and get an Associate’s Degree and become a probation and parole officer, so I can help other people who are just like I was. Even with my record, I can be a P.O. and that’s what I really want to do with my life, help others!