Lake Worth grad does time for murder, becomes prisoner authority, advocate

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Paul Wright, 51, at the helm of Prison Legal News (The Palm Beach Post/ Allen Eyestone)

Back in 1982, Paul Wright’s future had been bright. He graduated Lake Worth High in a speedy three years. The young man set his sights on a career in law enforcement and eventually became a military police officer stationed in Washington.

But the pay wasn’t great and in a rash moment he decided it’d be quick money to rob a drug dealer.

The drug dealer pulled a gun and Wright fired his.

The worst phone call in his life soon followed, when he had to dial up his parents to tell them he was sitting in jail charged with killing a man. “Your son’s a cop,” Wright recalled. “You don’t expect him to be calling from jail.”

He was sentenced to 25 years.

Who knows how it would have turned out if not for a box of cereal.

Read the full story of how Wright became a nationally recognized authority invited to brief Yale law students about prisoner rights and the publisher of Prison Legal News.

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