17 days ago
I was facing 3-15 years in prison for people pleasing & this groovy guy @richard.hornsby fought for & won my life back for me in a grand trial jury in 2007.
People pleasing stemmed from not knowing who I was, not caring to find out, and using others as a distraction to not work on bettering myself.
I was red handed caught for trafficking. I’ll never forget what it felt like to have a shield pressed against my window, the coldness of an big ass gun that reminded me of an AK-47 barrel pushed up against my skull and being asked to lay on the ground.
I thought jail was bad but I got out and found out I had to either hurt people to get out my situation by setting other drug dealers up for the same exact charge to reduce my sentencing or take it to trial.
Thank god for my mom loving me so much she put the house up for a 2nd mortgage to pay for my criminal defense attorney; which wasn’t her 1st pick. She wanted to go with the person who had the most experience, the most expensive. She wanted me to have the best. It didn’t feel right. I asked my mom if we could meet Richard Hornsby, he was a younger guy with his own firm, didn’t have nearly as much experience but had never lost a case. It’s hard to explain but his intensity, personality, and heart reminded me of myself. I could feel that he really gave a shit. I picked him and I know my mother was terrified but she allowed me to determine my future with her money.
I would get frustrated while aggressively walking out of his office, down the street, and he chased me down. He had a way of being able to get through to me, to calm me down, and to help me think logically. I didn’t make it easy. I didn’t care enough about myself to want to put in the work. He did and he barely knew me.
My trial was the longest 6 days of my life, it really is like you’re in a movie but it is your life hanging in the hands of 12 jurors. We won. I didn’t think we were going to, I think Richard was hesitant himself. I remember them saying the verdict not guilty, looking up at Richard, seeing him cry & we hugged.
10 year FB notification. The best reminder that someone believed in me when I couldn’t.
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