SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane is full of repeat offenders who can't seem to get on the right track. No one knows that better than one man who spent 15 years in prison. But with two years of sobriety under his belt, William Kemme is committed to going back to school to help criminals on a destructive path.
Kemme admits he was a danger to anyone he came into contact with--a menace to society. He committed crimes for over two decades, but now wants to spend the next two making it up to the society he took from.
“I started using drugs when I was 13,” said Kemme. “What haven't I done? Robberies, burglaries, drugs--what haven't done?”
Now, with the two-year anniversary of his sobriety coming up this week, Williams now devotes his energy into his education.
“I hurt a lot of people. Now I just want to give back,” he said.
Kemme never made it past the 7th grade.
He is working to get into college and also wants to apply his talents toward helping those he can relate to best: addicts.
“I went to the New Horizon Treatment center and that's where I'd like to go.”
He credits his probation officer with helping him get on and stay on the right path by investing his energy into William’s education.
“He took the time. I went in with my computer. He sat down and explained it,” said Kemme.
Kemme said he wanted his story out there to hopefully inspire at least one other person to start helping this community, rather than continuing to hurt it.
“I'm not saying it's easy,” said Kemme. “I'm learning things for the first time. But it's easier than what I was putting everyone through.”
Kemme also hopes to volunteer for different non-profits around town. He said he just wants to dedicate his new, sober life to cleaning up Spokane.