Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Travel Advisory: STL Scammers Hitching to Florida - UPDATED WITH ARREST

Brian Toppins & partner Eric Straussberger have allegedly
Brian Toppins 
been having a field day stealing from the homes of local gays.                                  

I sensed something wasn't right from the start, when my friend Matthew Bono-Thompson told me about his house guests and the series of unfortunate (and unbelievable) mishaps that left them "between places" at the moment.

Days turned into weeks and it was clear the pair were in no hurry to move on, then Bono and his husband began to notice valuables were missing.

When Bono found many of his items hidden among the guests' belongings, the police were called and charges were filed.

Within days of being thrown out of Bono's apartment on the Hill,  the couple reportedly stole $500 and a Wii from a Granite City man who took them in - money which was to go for rent.


Today, the pair posted they were hitching to Florida with a gay trucker named Robert. If anyone comes across them do not let them in your home or vehicle.

They appear friendly until they realize you know about their history, and then they become threatening.

Stay tuned for updates.

***UPDATE***

Angie Sutton, a disabled woman, said she was robbed by the pair. Many others are telling their stories in the comments.





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****UPDATE**** 6/26/16 ***

It was Florida or bust, and bust it was. Both are locked up near the Lake of the Ozarks. 







83 comments:

  1. I'd like to point out that Brian Toppins is the same person who claimed I drugged him and tied him up in my basement for a week. On a side note...if I would actually drug someone and keep them tied up they'd be a lot hotter and younger than Brian. Someone like Nick Jonas!!!! He'd be worth the 20 year prison sentence.

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    1. Did you have any interactions with him/them?

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    2. I've never even met him. Didn't know he existed until he made those claims. He isn't important enough to even bleep on my radar.

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    3. https://youtu.be/PctD-8y0FRg

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  3. They stole the $500 out of my wallet while my BF and I were sleeping. When I went to go grab the money order to fill it out it was missing. I then went and checked their room. The first thing I noticed was they stole the Wii,, claiming they forgot something in their room when in fact they were handing belongings out the window to the other in the car, as I also discovered all their things gone as well. When I confronted them they tried playing stupid. They acted as if they didn't steal the $500 tried to blame it on my BF. Saying that I guess we're the scapegoats. Problem is why would my BF steal it, when he makes more than enough money? They did cough up to stealing the Wii. Both are known drug addicts and they will steal you blind to feed their addiction.

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    1. Rather than ostracize them...wouldn't it be better if we found them somehow and offered to get them help. Treat their addiction rather than alienating them for a disease that they can't control?

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    3. Josh if you have something you'd like to say to me feel free to message me directly.

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    4. Lol I responded to your comment with a one word response. I said, "No." They should be ostracized for stealing from others and made to feel lousy.

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    5. They won't feel remorse until they are healthy enough to understand what they did and the consequences of it. Mentally ill people (drug addicts) can't empathize or sympathize because their concentration is on their own need to relieve the pain that they are in.

      Help them get sober, then they can reflect on their actions and how they hurt others. That is how you help someone change.

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    6. The first priority is to prevent others from getting scammed and robbed.

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    7. I can see that. But to break the cycle they need to wake up. Maybe jail is the wakeup call that they need. It doesn't rehabilitate many people...but for some it does. Regardless of the form of intervention...they need help.

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  4. LOL. I hate you Chris. I am too busy for you to send me Britney videos.

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  5. Piss off...only a thief would encourage letting another thief off the hook. This is what he does. Even those who are their only friend left in the world.

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  6. Piss off...only a thief would encourage letting another thief off the hook. This is what he does. Even those who are their only friend left in the world.

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    1. If the copa were after me why did they not call me back when i talked to them over your missing cell phone? They have my number i met with them they aske why this insane man who looked homeless himself was blamming me for this and they thought you were on drugs and you are pot is a drug but i didnt tell them you had drugs in your apartment i was not vindictive at all. Im better than thatm you all are making complete asses of ypirself thanks for the entertainment Matt. Was I not working full time until ypu went to mt job with insane issues. Making a homeless person lose their job is not what i call a stand up citizen no matter what you think they did to you

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    2. If the copa were after me why did they not call me back when i talked to them over your missing cell phone? They have my number i met with them they aske why this insane man who looked homeless himself was blamming me for this and they thought you were on drugs and you are pot is a drug but i didnt tell them you had drugs in your apartment i was not vindictive at all. Im better than thatm you all are making complete asses of ypirself thanks for the entertainment Matt. Was I not working full time until ypu went to mt job with insane issues. Making a homeless person lose their job is not what i call a stand up citizen no matter what you think they did to you

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    3. You are such a fucking retard. Everyone knows everything you say is a lie.
      THEY SMELLED YOU AT MY HOUSE. THEY SMELLED YOU TWO AFTER YOU LEFT. THEY SMELLED WHAT YOUR CLOTHES DID TO THE DUMPSTER.
      I know exactly what the cop said you fucking retard. I WAS STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO HIM. ALSO, we are still building your case. Dont worry, between the three of us, you will have enough time in prison to get that dirtyness issue of yours fixed.
      They found your needles. They saw my weed. I have zero fucks to gove and nothing to hide. You were found and the entire city of Pensacola has both of your photos and the people are handing them around as well as this article. Keep replying. Your fucking stupid ass is doing the work for me.

      I can look homeless..I have a job, money, soap, deodorant.
      I don't have advanced AIDS. I don't stab my boyfriend or steal from people.

      You only have one person on your side. Enjoy your ride while you have it you dog shit smelling dirty bipolar piece of gypsy dogshit.

      You have nowhere to hide.

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  7. I didn't say let them off the hook. I said someone needs to get them help. Would you rather them continue to spiral further downward until they die?

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  8. Dustin a drug addict doesn't equal mental illness. You can stop doing drugs but you can't get rid of mental illness.
    Pathological lying is a mental illness I hear.

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    1. How many times have you your self done meth with me Patricia? Before your gastric bipass surgery overeating is an addiction too as well as meth use. And the night yoy say i stole money from you you had given myself and my ecstasy dont play innocent

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  9. If you are a drug addict you will always be an addict. You might be sober...but once an addict always an addict. Do some research on the subject before you try to correct me. Retardation is a mental illness I hear also. But I don't want to make you feel bad about yourself.

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    1. Dustin I'd rather be called retarted than be a lying prick! And frankly I'd not feel bad about myself if I were mentally challenged. I would however feel horrible about myself if I felt the need to proclaim to be something in not. Like remember that time you posted photos of my downtown loft saying it was yours???

      Again... Addiction is NOT a mental illness.

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  10. Years ago when pride was held at tower grove Brian Toppins and his then boyfriend (not Eric) were pulling tricks in the port-a-potty's to get money for dope, I witnessed it and they both came over and told my group of friends about it thinking it was funny. I was disgusted, because Brian's bf at the time was openly "positive" & being careless to innocent strangers who were none the wiser.
    My gf at the time (early 2000's) was Brian's childhood babysitter and just this past January he & Eric stole from her too. These are dispicapable humans.

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    1. Weren't people calling them "Toilet-trick Rick & Portapotty Johnny?"

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    2. OMG!!!! That's so horrible...but funny at the same time. I just snorted while taking a drink of Dr. Pepper and it came out my nose. Chris perhaps Josh can create a meme for them.

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    3. This has beeb screenshot and sent to police....Anfi Sutton is a Heroin addict and I have done more meth with patrice clements than Angie Sutton did!

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    4. Lmao you all are childish and need lives buh bye peace niggas

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    5. Lmao you all are childish and need lives buh bye peace niggas

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    6. Brian I've certainly been beyond honest about past drug use. I have ZERO secrets. I've also NEVER ever ever stolen a dime or otherwise from anyone. And me ever doing any sort of drug with you was so 15+ years ago.

      It's a common theme amongst many people who all ironically have the exact same story about you. You've stolen money, goods, and anything that wasn't nailed down to the floor from more people than just us folks who are commenting on this story. The facts are undeniable. The sooner you accept that you are an addict, that you are a thief and that you are probably a sociopath because you have zero conscience about the wrong doings you continue to do, the better off you and the rest of the world will be.

      I openly admitted that that I've done drugs, probably drank too much at times, but my life looks NOTHING like that now and the ONLY person who I hurt along my path was MYSELF. It sucks to take inventory of your wrong doings and make amends to those you've hurt, but I urge you to try. It will be the best thing that you could ever do for yourself.

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    7. Well said Patrice. Acknowledge past mistakes, make amends where possible, and leave it behind you...but always remember the lesson that it taught you.

      Brian if you really want to get better and find a program as you work the steps you will be able to make amends. Some will forgive you, some won't. But you will be healthier. You have to want it though. No one can force you to change the path that you are on.

      I can't speak for anyone on this feed. But if they have an ounce of empathy and you asked them to help you find treatment first and then show them that you are changing through your actions...I am sure that they will eventually forgive you. But you have to take those steps.

      Throwing Patrice's past mistakes in her face shows just how sick you are. Her past has nothing to do with your present day actions. Pointing out her past is only an attempt to distract attention from your problems.

      Please get help. If you don't it will get much much worse. When I was in rehab I met a man who actually stole his 85 year old father's social security check (the old mans only source of income) just so that he could get high for a few days. It doesn't sound like you've hit rock bottom yet...but let me tell you from experience...when you do it is a hard, long, and lonely climb back up.

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    8. This is Angie Sutton. Just to clear a couple things up.. I am a RECOVERING heroin addict. And as for Patrice.. I'm also the ex she was talking about from back n 2000. She was NEVER a meth addict. She did nothing but try to help us get r shit together. I'll be the first one to admit i was a horrible person back then and still was up until recently. But I will not stand by and let Patrice be lied about on here. Especially something as ridiculous as that. I finally got my shit together. Brian was my very best friend for 25 years. But I cut all ties in January. I still pray he can somehow get better. But I know better than anyone, until u want it... it will NEVER happen!!

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  11. I am not going to try to refute your opinion of them. I don't care from Brian either. But there has to be something below the surface that he needs help with. Any 12 step program will tell you that.

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  13. Felony warrants and wanted by police? Look at mo.case.net no warrants no felonies dumbasses.most of you talking shit have done drugs with me angie sutton i took in after her supposed disablity card came up missing. Who would move in or go to someone who did that to them for help and a place to live. She was conning my mom for heroin money! Get your facts straight fags. Come to the source or are you too much of a pansy for all that. I hope you all a blessed day and know that I am happier than I have ever been and this is great entertainment cant wait to read whats next lmfao

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    1. If they did, would you stay and answer their questions or defend the honor you say you have? Or would you run away in terror on the off chance that they would have or will call the police to have you arrested? Because there seems to be a number of people with an issue with you both.

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    2. There's a METHod to your madness.

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      Angie Sutton

      $300 was transferred to your google wallet account from my debit card

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      Brian Toppins-Straussberger

      I don't have a Google wallet avcount

      Mother fucker

      Used MY fucking phone

      !!!

      Imma snap jn fuckn half

      I'm calling my mom

      He's going down

      Can u call me

      I got emails about a transfer being canceled last night

      And it had Eric's name on it

      200$ and then $50

      What can I do

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      Angie Sutton

      Is it from google?

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      Brian Toppins-Straussberger

      I will write statements whatever I have to I would never do that to u

      Yep

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  14. Didnt Dustin Mitchell get in trouble for impersonating a lawyer and collecting false funds for his dead bfs funeral have you all lost your minds? And Dustin is the ONLY one making any kinds of sense and not sounding like a child grow up and mind your own business. I know more shit on mostnof you people but do you see me calling the cops or making a blog on someone i have never even met. Kick someone while they are down thats smart

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    1. Your complaint about being kicked while you are down is both illogical and somewhat ironic. Given that John has been telling everyone the truth, you have both neglected to return to his home or ask to meet him in a public place in order to tell your side of the story. In fact, what is your side of the story in the latest report that the two of you are lying and thieving opportunists? It's easy to point a finger at everyone else. Try pointing that finger at yourselves and tell us all what really happened from your vantage point.

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    2. I guarantee you don't have shit on me, unless it's that I'm a slut, which everyone already knows. How do you explain all of Matt and Dave's shit being in your bags? What's your defense? Is it some plot twist from a soap opera, like Matt and Dave wanted you out, so they threw their stuff in your bags to make it look like you stole them? Why did someone unrelated also say you stole a money order and Wii from him days later? Is this all some mass conspiracy to take you good people down? Lol. Please. Admit that you are thieves and you stole the shit because you needed money for bills or drugs or whatever. No one believes you are these poor victims of circumstance. We know the people you stole from and they are trustworthy.

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    3. Wait...wait...wait...Josh you're a slut???? Can I make a meme for that?

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    4. Toppins I think you stole Matty's copy of my book, Delusions of Grandeur. You should read it. Some of the stories are relevant to the discussion.

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    5. Much like the Bible...it's mostly fiction...but you can take some positive and morally affirming concepts from it. ;)

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    6. Haha you can make a meme. I own my sluttiness lol

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    7. I wouldn't want to make assumptions based on rumor and funny meme's are generally lacking validity and fact.

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  15. This is Brian's mother he was found wrists slit in a park in Louisiana today good job everyone

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    1. If that is true it is tragic and I am sorry for your loss. What county may I ask?

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    2. And more so where was the concern when they needed a home? You wouldn't let them live with you. Brian likes to tell everyone his family has a lot of money, which we also know not true.
      Nobody was concerned for him when he was robbing us blind. If you have insurance for him I WILL sue for it. I will get that money before they even bury his diseased body. Trust.

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  16. This is Brian's mother he was found wrists slit in a park in Louisiana today good job everyone

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    1. Good! I better get a copy of the death certificate.

      I do have access to the people he is riding with at the moment.

      I only need to send a message and ask

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    2. I can find that out in 2 messages.

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    3. After allegedly slitting his wrists he changed his relationship status to single.

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    4. And only deactivated 1 of three accounts.
      Eric hadnt posted about his missing "husband" (not married)
      And conveniently leaves out that Brian stabbed him. We first thought Brian was the brains and the cause. We quickly learned he has no measurable level of intelligence.

      I tracked them down from two words in a post. They cannot even compete on the same level, much less the same arena.

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    5. And only deactivated 1 of three accounts.
      Eric hadnt posted about his missing "husband" (not married)
      And conveniently leaves out that Brian stabbed him. We first thought Brian was the brains and the cause. We quickly learned he has no measurable level of intelligence.

      I tracked them down from two words in a post. They cannot even compete on the same level, much less the same arena.

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  17. This is Chris's mom, and I sense bullshit.

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  18. And come on Brian...you stole your mother's wedding rings and she wants naught to do with ya.
    Came up one time to bring clothes, then you used her as the person that robbed my husband for another 50 dollars.

    Your own mother doesn't want you because even she knows there is nothing you can do to fix either of you.
    Damaged is damaged.

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  19. And come on Brian...you stole your mother's wedding rings and she wants naught to do with ya.
    Came up one time to bring clothes, then you used her as the person that robbed my husband for another 50 dollars.

    Your own mother doesn't want you because even she knows there is nothing you can do to fix either of you.
    Damaged is damaged.

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  20. So if Brian is dead, why did I get a message they are at lake of the ozarks because they have jobs?

    Do not think for a minute I won't find you.

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  21. Seriously Meeshu will overturn every Portapotty in the Ozarks until he finds 'em

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    1. That's pretty shitty. MeeshuSTL how much did he steal from you?

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  22. Over 6g in cash,jewelry, and electronics.

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  23. Over 6g in cash,jewelry, and electronics.

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    1. Over a couple weeks. I went to school woth Eric and whe. He told me he was homeless, I helped.
      Over the first week it was great then stuff started missing. Then cash, then in the next few days I saw my clothes in their bags, that were my bags anyway.
      I have all their smartass replies. He tried saying the cop insulted me. I was standing next to the cop the entire time. That cop wasn't in a rush to leave other than asked if we could go back outside because their clothes smelled SO BAD HE WAS GAGGING.

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    2. You didn't bother to ask why they were homeless?

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    3. I asked. They saidnthat they got jobs and a place to stay from thr lady and that her husband started making advances at them so she kicked them out.

      None of our previous friends had said how they had been taken by him before.

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    4. I am not fixing typos at 5 a.m

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    5. I am not fixing typos at 5 a.m

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  24. Well it makes me think more highly of you for being willing to help them when they were supposedly in need. I am sorry that you were taken advantage of. Just let karma work.

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  25. Thanks. They are in jail with 2 new felony charges awaiting. I took thrm in my home. Fed them gave them fresh clothes. Smoked my weed and drank my drink and robbing me. Slept on my couch, nearly set my house on fire and it wasn't until I had proof. Once I have proof, there is no telling what I will do. Like track someone down in a truck traveling across the country with 2 words to go on

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  26. Thanks. They are in jail with 2 new felony charges awaiting. I took thrm in my home. Fed them gave them fresh clothes. Smoked my weed and drank my drink and robbing me. Slept on my couch, nearly set my house on fire and it wasn't until I had proof. Once I have proof, there is no telling what I will do. Like track someone down in a truck traveling across the country with 2 words to go on

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  27. Oh Eric, I wish you would do better for yourself. I know Eric. He and I were together for 6 years going on 7. Sometimes I feel bad because I gave up on him, however I had a life to live myself and I needed to be happy and we were both unhappy together. I don't know anything about Brian and I honestly don't know who Eric is today, what I do know is Eric isn't a horrible person. He is doing crappy things so hopefully a little jail and cleaning up will guide him in the right direction. I will always hope for the best for that guy but doesn't seem like things are getting better for him. I hope God can guide him out of the journey he's in and direct him to a more positive direction.

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  28. Oh Eric, I wish you would do better for yourself. I know Eric. He and I were together for 6 years going on 7. Sometimes I feel bad because I gave up on him, however I had a life to live myself and I needed to be happy and we were both unhappy together. I don't know anything about Brian and I honestly don't know who Eric is today, what I do know is Eric isn't a horrible person. He is doing crappy things so hopefully a little jail and cleaning up will guide him in the right direction. I will always hope for the best for that guy but doesn't seem like things are getting better for him. I hope God can guide him out of the journey he's in and direct him to a more positive direction.

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