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Former Inmate Comes Home

Bobby Bowers was a drug dealing, drug using gang member. In prison, his life radically changed after an encounter with Jesus. Read Transcript


Reporter: BOBBY BOWERS

SAYS WHEN HE WAS 14 YEARS

OLD, HE SAW A DEMON IN HIS

BEDROOM.

HE APPROACHED ME, AND I

SEEN FIRE.

AND I JUST SEEN TWO EYES

THAT WERE FIERY, AND I KNEW

IT WAS A DEMON.

AND HE OFFERED ME A DEAL.

IF I SERVE HIM, HE WOULD

GIVE ME POWER.

HE'D MAKE ME VICE PRESIDENT

OF A DRUG GANG.

BUT I HAD TO COMMIT A

CRIME.

I WAS TOO YOUNG TO

UNDERSTAND WHAT TO DO, SO I

JUST GAVE IN TO THE DEMON.

I ACCEPTED THE DEAL.

Reporter: BOBBY AND A

FRIEND DEVISED A PLAN, TO

ROB A LOCAL STORE.

I WENT INTO A PLACE IN

CURTIS BAY, ME AND MY

FRIEND, THE PRESIDENT OF THE

GANG.

I TOLD HIM I WANTED THE

MONEY AND NOT TO MOVE, AND

IF HE MOVED, I WAS GOING TO

KILL HIM.

AS HE MOVED, I PULLED A

CROWBAR OUT AND I HIT HIM IN

THE HEAD, AND HE FELL TO THE

GROUND.

AS HE TRIED TO GET BACK UP,

I TOLD HIM, IF YOU GET UP,

I'M GOING TO KILL YOU.

AND HE LAID THERE, AND BLOOD

WAS EVERYWHERE.

I DIDN'T KNOW I COULD DO

THAT MUCH DAMAGE, BUT THIS

WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I

SHED INNOCENT BLOOD.

RIGHT AFTER THAT, I BECAME

THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE

DRUG GANG.

Reporter: BOBBY SOLD

DRUGS FOR THE GANG AND HE

ALSO STARTED TO USE THEM.

THERE ARE RULES WHERE

YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO DO

THE DRUGS AND THE PRODUCT

BECAUSE YOU CAN'T THINK

CLEARLY WHEN YOU'RE OUT

THERE ON THE STREETS SELLING

AND YOU'RE USING.

WE WOULD DO L.S.D., SMOKE

P.C.P., COCAINE, MARIJUANA.

Reporter: BOBBY'S

CRIMES ESCALATED, ALONG WITH

HIS DRUG ABUSE.

I HAD SIX OR SEVEN

ATTEMPTED MURDERS, 15 OR 20

ASSAULTS, FORGERY, ARMED

ROBBERY, B & Es, ARSON

CHARGES -- I MEAN, YOU NAME

IT, I DID IT.

I THOUGHT NOTHING COULD KILL

ME.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, THE

DEMON GAVE ME THIS POWER,

AND I BELIEVED THAT I WAS

INDESTRUCTIBLE.

I WOULD TAKE SIX OR SEVEN

HITS OF L.S.D. AT ONE TIME.

I WOULD TAKE DRUGS TO THE

EXTREME JUST TO SEE IF IT

WOULD KILL ME.

I TOOK A NEEDLE AND DREW UP

LIQUID P.C.P. AND STUCK IT

IN MY ARM TO SEE IF I COULD

LIVE.

IT FROZE MY BODY UP, BUT I

LIVED.

Reporter: AS VICE

PRESIDENT OF THE GANG, BOBBY

WAS ALSO AN ENFORCER.

I WOULD HAVE TO GO AND

KNOCK ON DOORS AND SAY, DO

YOU HAVE THE MONEY.

AND THEY DON'T HAVE THE

MONEY.

THE NEXT TIME I SEEN THEM,

THERE WAS NO CONVERSATION.

I WOULD TAKE A BAT OR BRASS

KNUCKLES OR A WEAPON AND DO

WHAT I HAD TO DO.

Reporter: ONE NIGHT

AFTER DOING COCAINE AND

COMMITTING A TERRIBLE

ASSAULT, BOBBY LEFT THE

CRIME SCENE, BUT THIS TIME

IN FEAR OF BEING CAUGHT.

I WENT OUTSIDE AND GOT IN

MY TRUCK, AND I SEEN I HAD

BLOOD EVERYWHERE ON ME.

I PULLED OVER TO THE SIDE OF

THE ROAD AND WASHED MY HANDS

AND MADE A PHONE CALL.

AND I TOLD MY SISTER, I

SAID, I CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT I

JUST DID.

I JUST BECAME REAL BITTER,

AND IT MADE ME SINK EVEN

INTO A DARKER WORLD.

I WAS READY TO TAKE THREE OR

FOUR PEOPLE'S LIFE AT THAT

TIME.

THEN I BECAME MARYLAND'S

MOST-WANTED, AND I WOULD

FLEE FROM STATE TO STATE.

I WOULD GO TO PHILADELPHIA,

PENNSYLVANIA, NEW YORK.

AND WHEN I CAME BACK TO

BALTIMORE, I WAS TIRED OF

RUNNING.

Reporter: THE

AUTHORITIES FINALLY CAUGHT

UP WITH BOBBY.

ONE COP GRABBED ME AND

RUSHED ME AND PUT ME IN A

COP CAR.

AND I DROVE AWAY INSTANTLY

FROM THE SCENE.

AND I HAD A HOOD ON MY HEAD,

AND HE LOOKED BACK AND ASKED

ME, WAS I OKAY?

AND I SAID, WHY WOULD YOU

ASK ME IF I'M OKAY?

I'M A MONSTER.

AND HE SAID I JUST WANT TO

LET YOU KNOW I'M A CHRISTIAN

AND I GOT YOU OUT OF THERE

BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WOULD

LIKE TO TAKE YOUR LIFE.

THAT SHOWED ME, AT THAT

POINT, THAT GOD HAD HIS HAND

OVER ME.

AND I STARTED CRYING IN THE

COP CAR BECAUSE I DIDN'T

THINK I DESERVED GRACE.

I DIDN'T EVEN DESERVE

FORGIVENESS.

Reporter: HE WAS

SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN

PRISON.

IT WOULD TAKE A PRISON

SENTENCE AND GOD BRINGING ME

TO MY KNEES, AND THE

SCRIPTURE SAYS, ALL KNEES

WILL BOW ONE DAY.

I WAS BOWING ON MY KNEES.

I DIDN'T THINK ANYONE COULD

MAKE ME BEND MY KNEES

BECAUSE I THOUGHT I WAS

INDESTRUCTIBLE AND POWERFUL

AND I COULD DO WHAT I WANT.

Reporter: BOBBY DECIDED

TO TELL GOD ABOUT HIS

PROBLEMS.

WHEN I DID, I THOUGHT GOD

WOULD PUNISH ME.

BUT HE TOLD ME HE LOVED ME

AND HIS LOVE BROKE ME.

Reporter: BOBBY

RENOWNED THE DEAL HE MADE

WITH THE DEVIL YEARS

BEFORE.

I WAS LOOKING FOR PUNS;

PUNISHMENT AND HE GAVE ME

FORGIVENESS AND THAT CHANGED

MY LIFE.

I FOUND MYSELF FREE IN

PRISON.

Reporter: BOBBY WAS A

NEW CHRISTIAN WITH A FRESH

LOVE FOR GOD AND OTHER

PEOPLE.

DURING HIS TIME IN PRISON,

HE STUDIED HIS BIBLE AND LED

MANY FELLOW INMATES TO

CHRIST.

HE ALSO MET DOUG CORNELIUS,

THE PRISON CHAPLAIN.

I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER

MET ANOTHER PERSON WITH A

HEART AS BIG AS BOB WHEN IT

COMES TO WANTING TO HELP

PEOPLE.

Reporter: HE WAS THE

ONLY INMATE THAT I EVER

EXPERIENCED THAT HAD THE

RESPECT OF ALL OF THE GANGS

IN THE PRISON,

ADMINISTRATORS AND ALL OF

THE GANGS.

Reporter: TODAY, BOBBY

LOVES TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT

JESUS.

IF I DIDN'T HAVE CHRIST

IN MY LIFE TODAY, I WOULD BE

SELLING DRUGS.

BUT I DEPEND UPON GOD TO

MAKE IT EVERY DAY.

I WAKE UP EVERY DAY PRAYING,

GOD, PLEASE, HELP ME MAKE IT

THIS DAY TO PLEASE YOU.

THAT'S WHERE I BELIEVE MY

SUCCESS COMES FROM AND MY

BLESSING.

IF GOD CAN FORGIVE ME, HE

CAN FORGIVE ANYBODY.

MY WHOLE STORY IS ABOUT

GOD'S LOVE.

SO I HOPE THAT MY LIFE AND

MY STORY CAN GIVE HOPE TO

SOMEBODY THAT THEY CAN BE

FORGIVEN AND LIVE A LIFE, NO

MATTER WHAT IT COMES FROM.

THAT GOD CAN FORGIVE.

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