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Homeward Bound After Criminal Past

A loveless childhood pushed Roy into an intimate relationship with drugs. When they let him down, he was prepared to pay the full price of his crimes...until he didn't have to. Read Transcript

NARRATOR: Roy's prison ID is more than just

a reminder of his criminal past, it's

a picture of someone he calls the old Roy, a hardened man who

spent his life struggling to love, and be loved.

I remember when I was a child, my dad would get angry,

and I just got so desensitized that he could literally beat

me, and I would refuse to cry.

I remember he used to tell me, just cry,

and he could feel like he accomplished

what he needed to accomplished.

My mom never hugged me, never told me

she loved me, and left me feeling kind of abandoned.

I knew that was more, I knew there was.

NARRATOR: When Roy was 12 he thought he

found what he was looking for.

ROY LEE POSTELL: I found some marijuana one day

on the way home from school.

I got home, and smoke marijuana ,

and it was a whole love affair for me after that.

It just took me away from all the chaos, the fighting,

the screaming, the yelling, the fears,

all the things that were going on in my life.

NARRATOR: By age 15, he was addicted to meth,

and drinking heavily.

He was kicked out of high school at 17

for selling drugs on campus, but to Roy, it was worth it.

I look at my drug life like it was a relationship.

My drugs never let me down.

They always made me feel good, they always pick me up,

they always covered up all that pain.

NARRATOR: Roy got married, and had a family,

but continued dealing drugs.

At 25, he was busted in a drug task force sting.

When he was sentenced to two years in Folsom

his wife divorced him.

When the divorce was over, and I was sitting there by myself,

all I wanted was my wife and kids back, and it hurt.

I was like, this is not real, this is not--

it doesn't last.

So, I developed an attitude that nothing

was going to last, that I was gonna take as much from it as I

could before it was over, because I wasn't

going to get taken again.

NARRATOR: Once out of prison, Roy married again and began,

manufacturing methamphetamine.

His wife Kelly hoped that if she turned him in,

he'd finally get sober in jail.

But when she tipped off police, she

didn't know about his long list of past convictions.

Roy was arrested and faced 25 years in prison.

While out on bail, Roy says he received

some unexpected guidance.

I heard God speak to me, and I knew

who it was for the first time in my life.

God spoke to me, and told me don't lie.

I was sick and tired of my life, I was sick and tired

of the lying.

I was sick and tired of my life being a complete lie, always.

In relationships, with the cops, with everyone around me,

I didn't know who I was.

NARRATOR: Roy had sometimes attended church

with his grandparents as a boy, and now began

praying to God for help.

On the day of his sentencing he was

driving to court when he pulled over, and stopped

outside a church.

ROY LEE POSTELL: I seen a big cross,

and I jumped out I ran over to the cross,

and I got down on my knees and I just started praying.

Forgive me of me of my sins, and all the things that I've done.

For the people that I've hurt, all the people I sold drugs to,

the people I threatened, and pushed around.

Just give me a chance.

God, I don't want to go to prison,

but you know what God, if that's what I got to do,

if that's where you want me to be, that's what I'll do.

I finished praying for my family,

and I prayed for myself, and I prayed for the judge,

and I got up and I went to court.

NARRATOR: He had surrendered his life to Christ,

and now trusted God with his future.

In court, Roy confessed his crimes.

The district attorney said that justice

demanded the maximum sentence.

My heart kind of sunk, and I thought, oh my God this

is what God wants?

My own attorney, he even turned around

and said, why did you pay me all that money to walk in here

and plead guilty.

All of a sudden the judge spoke up and said,

if there ever was a man with integrity,

It's that man right there.

NARRATOR: Instead of sentencing him to 25 years in prison,

the judge ordered Roy to spend seven months

in a Christian rehab program.

Roy says it was God's grace that gave him

a chance he didn't deserve.

There was nobody else could do it, who could

who can work miracles like that?

I mean I plead guilty, I was already convicted.

Who's going to get me out of this?

It ain't me, it ain't anybody I know.

NARRATOR: Roy successfully completed rehab in 2005,

and has been sober ever since.

He's still married to his wife Kelly,

and he says he's thankful she turned him in,

because that's when God turned his life around.

God just accepted me for who I was, and I

knew that he just loves me, no matter what I'm going through,

no matter how bad it gets.

So it's through his grace and mercy that I can love today.

He's given me my wife back, he's given me my children,

he's given us that love.

NARRATOR: Today, Roy and Kelly lead Homeward Bound Ministries,

which feeds people in the parks of Woodland, California

every weekend.

And old Roy is now new Roy, thanks to the love of Christ.

I had a guy step up at the park,

said who do you think you are, I know who you are,

I know what you've done, I've done drugs with you.

He says, what gives you the right to come out here,

and I said, Jesus Christ did.

My life has stability, it has meaning, it has purpose,

it has hope, I have everything I need

to heal my life through Christ.


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