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Felon but Never Fell Off, A True Story; Episode 2:

Hello and God Bless You, My name is Alex and I would like to share my story with you. I was born and raised in Miami, FL. My parents were immigrants that came to the USA in the mid 80’s from Nicaragua. I was raised in a good home and I always had good examples of positive men and women around me.

Elementary and Middle School were good years for me up until the 8th grade when I began to get in fights at school, that translated to high school and led me to drop out of school at the age of 15.

This is where my life of crime and breaking the law began, very shortly after I was in and out of juvenile jails and programs and once again this bad pattern translated to my adult life. Once I was 18 I was already in gangs and doing horrible things on the streets. I was shot at the age of 19 but that did not deter me from pursuing a life of crime. I continued on this path for many years until I had an encounter with Jesus Christ in 2011 and from there on I was never the same.

After Christ saved my life I left everything behind for good, from smoking weed, drinking alcohol to carrying guns, it was all left behind. Unfortunately my past still followed me and in 2014 I was indicted by the FBI for everything I did in the past.

I was sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison. My incarceration process was different from what most people have experienced because I had the full support of my family every single second I was in there although I had been giving my family hell for most of my life they were still stuck by my side. I can’t remember a single moment that I didn’t have money in my account, visits, letters, books, phone calls and just overall love and support from my family. God and my family definitely anchored me through what were the hardest times in my life.

My time in prison was not a walk in the park. I got sent to the highest level prisons and worked my way down. The mother of my son did not allow me to speak to my son for 4 years while I was in prison and I lost my mother to Covid in 2020.

I have to say that I’ve faced many moments especially during lockdowns, that I contemplated ending my life specifically when I was told that my mother had died from Covid. The mental and emotional stress that I went through was not easy BUT I found my refuge in God and in my family. I developed a loving relationship with my pastors and every time I got on the phone they prayed for me, spoke life into me and believed in me even when I felt all hope was lost.

The love and support of family and friends can help an inmate walk a million miles! Today I’m thankful that I’m home free, I have an amazing career, amazing church, amazing family and friends that continue to love and believe in me at all times!

This is my story God Bless You!