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Genarlow Wilson who was released Friday on after doing 2+ years in prison (for getting brains) speaks on his experience and future plans with Essence:

ESSENCE: What’s next for you?

WILSON: I’m definitely looking forward to going to college. I want to try to get in as soon as possible—I hope by January, but if not, whenever I can get in and wherever I can go I’ll just be grateful for it. I want to major in sociology. I feel like I would fit perfectly in that area just because of my experience and what I’ve been through.

WILSON: Well, for the most part my incarceration made me a stronger person and a more ambitious person. So I definitely plan on succeeding. Especially with having so many people supporting me and coming to my defense; I don’t want to disappoint them. I feel like failure’s not an option. I also have higher expectations for myself, and I feel like I’ve matured.

ESSENCE: You were in jail for such a long time. Most people in your situation would be angry and resentful about having served all that time. How are you feeling about that?

WILSON: For the most part I’m not angry or bitter. I can’t let my frustrations get the best of me. It’s not going to make matters any easier for me. Either way it goes, it’s still going to be hard for me. But now I get to start over. It’s a new beginning, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve turned all the negative energy into something positive.

ESSENCE: Why were you so intent in fighting your sentence, instead of just taking a plea deal like the other young men did?

WILSON: I couldn’t allow myself to be portrayed and be cast aside as a sex offender. I love and adore my little sister, and I want to have kids of my own someday, and as a sex offender you can’t be around little kids.

ESSENCE: Do you want to use your story to become an activist or teach teenagers about this type of thing?

WILSON: Definitely. I plan on being a mentor and helping people learn from my experience and my mistakes. I’ve learned (you have) to think before you act, and I would advise people to be cautious.

ESSENCE: How do you feel about the judicial system now?

WILSON: At times, because we’ve had so many ups and downs, I was very confused. I didn’t know what would happen. But after they decided to rule in my favor, I believe in it again.

ESSENCE: Anything else you want to say to those who have been following the story?

WILSON: I just want to thank everyone who supported me and kept me in their prayers.

What a well-spoken young man…Weezy if you’re reading this by any chance, take notes.

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