By Shon Hopwood
Law Man is an improbable-but-true memoir of redemption -- the tale of a tender financial institution robber who turned the best jailhouse legal professional in American historical past, and who replaced not only his personal existence, however the lives of every person round him.
Shon Hopwood used to be a great child from a great Nebraskan relations, a small-town basketball superstar whose mom and dad had all started an area church. Few who knew him as a pleasant teenager could have imagined that, almost immediately after returning domestic from the military, he’d be adrift with few clients and plotting to rob a bank. yet rob he did, committing 5 heists prior to being apprehended.
Only twenty 3 and possibly dealing with twelve years in Illinois’ Pekin Federal felony, Shon feared his existence was once already over. He’d shamed himself and his loving friends and family, and part of him desired to die. He wasn’t yes in the beginning if he’d live to tell the tale the legal gangs, yet slowly glimmers of wish appeared. He earned a few admire at the legal basketball court docket, acquired a gentle circulation of letters from homeland good wishers, together with a observe from a unique lady whom he’d idea too appealing to ever pay him become aware of – and, such a lot crucially, he secured a task within the felony legislations library.
It used to be an project that might end up his salvation.
Poring over the library’s thick felony volumes, Shon stumbled on that he had a knack for the legislation, and he quickly grew to become the go-to man for inmates looking support. Then got here a request to write down a posh petition to the ultimate court docket – a high-wire act of jailhouse lawyering that had by no means sooner than met with success.
By the time Shon walked out of Pekin criminal he’d pulled off a sequence of criminal miracles, earned the timeless gratitude of various inmates, gained the lady of his goals, and outfitted a brand new existence for himself a long way more than something he can have imagined.
A tale that combines moments of high-adrenaline with others of deep poignancy, Law Man is a strong reminder that even the worst errors might be redeemed via religion, labor and the affection and help of others.