St. Louis man destined to serve 241 years in jail displays on first weeks of freedom since 1995

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – A welcome dwelling occasion was held for ex-con Bobby Bostic on Saturday.

The service at Williams Temple Church on Union Blvd was in help of Bostic, 43, who has been launched from jail after practically three a long time.

Information 4 sat down with Bostic one-on-one on Saturday.

“Every thing that everybody on the road takes without any consideration is one thing I will cherish daily for the remainder of my life as a result of I have been disadvantaged of these issues for 27 years,” says Bostic.

Bostic had been incarcerated since 1995, after committing a string of robberies in St. Louis when he was 16.

After being convicted of greater than a dozen prices, Bostic was sentenced to 241 years in jail.

“He mentioned that at sentencing when he informed me I used to be going to die in jail,” Bostic says. “It was mainly a demise sentence.”

Bostic wouldn’t have been eligible for parole till he was 112 years outdated. Although he anticipated to spend the remainder of his life in jail, Bostic needed to vary who he was.

Bostic began studying books and ultimately wrote 15.

“I needed to do greater than these in jail,” says Bostic. “Despite the fact that I used to be by no means going to get out, I needed one thing higher as a result of after I seemed across the jail all I noticed was darkish. Simply stupidity and ignorance. This cannot be my life. There needs to be one thing higher than this.”

Whereas in jail, Bostic additionally earned an affiliate’s diploma. He says the diploma value $28,000, which is one thing his household could not afford.

Bostic says the kindness of strangers acquired him that diploma.

“They noticed that I used to be attempting to do one thing with my life,” Bostic says. “There are good individuals on the earth and so they noticed the goodness in me in jail in order that they helped me.”

Whereas Bostic was engaged on bettering himself in jail, the decide who handed down his 241-year sentence took discover.

For 4 years, Evelyn Baker has championed Bostic and a second likelihood at life.

“Simply having this chance is the largest blessing anybody can ever consider once you by no means get out of it,” says Bostic.

Bostic grew to become eligible for launch after the Missouri legislature modified state regulation, permitting inmates convicted as minors to use for parole.

On Nov. 9, Bostic acquired that second likelihood when he was paroled out of jail.

“It was the best feeling on the earth,” says Bostic. “It was surreal. It was just like the solar shines for the primary time once you exit within the solar with out handcuffs.

Bostic is engaged on getting his school diploma, hoping to use to a college in St. Louis, and has simply gotten his driver’s license.

Crucial factor for Bostic is to understand all of the little issues that include his newfound freedom.

“Every thing on the earth is totally different, but it surely’s stunning,” says Bostic. “The grocery retailer, the kids’s laughter, the weed. We could not stroll on the grass all day. Solely the leaves. Every thing I see in nature. Every thing is a blessing.”

Bostic additionally has a message for the kids locally.

“You do not wish to undergo what I went by way of,” says Bostic. “You do not wish to be 16 and lose your entire life to the system.”

Bostic continues to communicate with the previous decide who helped him make parole potential, even spending Thanksgiving along with her on Thursday.