Career criminal Eddie Ray Hall 'regrets everything,' apologizes


by, Marissa Bagg

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 18 at 5:14 PM

SPOKANE -- One of the most prolific local criminals told KREM 2 News Tuesday he vows to turn his life around, stay sober, stay out of jail and leave Spokane forever.

But Eddie Ray Hall has made those claims before, and knows he's not without faults.

"Do I think I've done wrong with my life? Yeah, with 42 arrests, of course," Hall told KREM 2 News from the Spokane County Jail. "I regret everything. I apologize for everything I've done."

It's been almost five years since Hall's last interview with KREM 2 News. In a criminal history that has spanned more than 30 years, Hall has cost Spokane County taxpayers more than $1 million to prosecute.

With more than 80 arrests, Hall has never been federally charged -- until now. He faces federal drug charges for crimes he's charged of since his 2007 release. But he says the past two years behind bars has opened his eyes, and a lot of it has to do with being sober.

In 2005, Hall told KREM 2 News he needed to get into a drug program. Now, he's gotten help.

"I've been clean for almost two years now," says Hall. "It feels good, it's been the first time in 34 years."

Hall says he's replaced his addiction to meth with God.

"I've been doing these bible study courses for the last year and a half," he says. "I figure I've gotta do something different you know. What I've been doing the last 30 years ain't working."

Hall admits he has the worst reputation in Spokane -- more than 40 felony convictions and twice as many arrests for drugs and burglary. He even escaped a Yakima jail back in 2008.

With the help of rehab, Hall is taking responsibility for his past.

"I got a lot of remorse for that, it took me 30 years to come to that conclusion," he says.

But remorse won't get him out of jail. Hall will likely end up in prison for another decade. If he ever gets out, one thing he says is for sure - he'll never live in Spokane again.

"I'm too well known, I've got too many friends," Hall says. "It's just all bad for me, I need to get away from that."   

Hall says when he gets out, whenever that is, he wants to move to Montana and hopefully find work as an electrician. He'll be 46 on Saturday.