Ex-con's success story teaches good lesson

By Stephanie Chen

ATLANTA, Ga. — Thirty minutes on a dark December night in 1996 left R. Dwayne Betts irrevocably changed.

It was the first time Betts, known as a smart, straight-edge and funny guy, had ever held a gun. The pistol fit snugly into the hands of the 16-year-old, who tapped gently on the window of a dark green Pontiac Grand Prix. The noise startled the middle-aged man sleeping in the car.

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