The neighborhood Wallace Priester grew up in was tough. He has few fond memories of his childhood. Priester witnessed abuse and addictive behaviors in his family and surroundings. His mother could not provide emotional support and instead turned to drugs and alcohol. Priester spent time in the foster system but never found a stable situation. Instead, he was doomed to become nothing more than a statistic.
Priester sold drugs to make money and ran around with a wrong crowd of fellow dealers and petty criminals. As a young man, Priester was arrested and incarcerated for murder. He was only fifteen. Priester would spend the next sixteen years in prison.
Many in Priester’s situation never turn their lives around. They end up perpetuating the cycles of violence and abuse they were exposed to as children. Priester is different. He realized that he was going down the wrong path and worked hard to change.
Priester’s amazing true story shows the difference between the child who couldn’t see the world beyond his suffering and the man he became. He hopes to inspire others in similar situations to take control of their destinies and refuse to live according to stereotypes and statistics.