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Pasco Man Trying to Change His Life

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PASCO, Wash. - He has robbed people, been addicted to drugs and spent time in jail, but 22-year-old Miguel, who did not want his last name used, is trying to change his life one step at a time.

He has been in a gang for more than seven years.  Miguel said his life has been tough in the past. 

He said, "I don't think anyone should do drugs, be homeless, worry about where you're going to sleep or what you're going to wear tomorrow and worry about whether you're going to be able to take a shower.  I've done that and I don't wish that for no one."

He has the number 13 branded on his hand.  He said his tattoos remind him of a past life that he does not want to live anymore.  He said, "Just because you mess up in your life doesn't mean you can't turn around and make a change."

Miguel works for the Salvation Army.  He is extremely proud of his job.  He said, "I'm getting money and it's legal now.  I'm not stealing your stereo or stealing your purse.  I'm basically making an honest living for my family so they can smile when they say I'm their son."

Miguel spent time in jail after he was convicted of assault.  He said time behind bars forced him to do a lot thinking about his life.  He ultimately decided to trade in his weapons and drugs for a red tin can and a ringing bell.