Pinoy on house arrest aspires to be role model

By Connie Macatula-De Leon

April 17, 2014

DEKALB, Ill. – Ryan Pre, a 22-year-old Filipino, is currently on house arrest and waiting for the court’s decision on five charges filed against him.

Those charges are possession of marijuana, theft, aggravated battery, harassing a witness, and phone harassment.

His troubles with the law have taken a toll on him. Pre was recently rushed to the hospital after he reportedly told his court appointed counselor he wanted to commit suicide.

His downward spiral started on Fourth of July last year.

Pre, together with his friends, reportedly got into a tussle with three men at a park.

Pre allegedly ended up stabbing one of the men…who suffered from a punctured lung.

Following the fight, Pre was among those arrested. He spent 10 days in jail before posting bail.

But after he was released, Pre reportedly began harassing a witness to the fight via phone and on social media.

Harassing a witness is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Pre has since been on electronic home monitoring or house arrest while waiting for the court’s decision.

Pre says that the ankle bracelet that he wears 24/7 costs him $6.75 a day which is a cost that causes him to think twice about how he’s lived his life.

“I shouldn’t have hung out with those people that I hung out with,” Pre said. “I trusted them but they wanted to do what’s best for them instead of saving me. They knew the whole story but didn’t want to deal with the police.”

Pre says he had a promising future until he quit as a high school freshman.

Pre says being bullied when he was young and not having a father figure growing up contributed to his troubled life hitting rock bottom.

Pre now wants to share his life so other young kababayans can learn from his experience and choose to live a trouble-free life.

For his part, Pre says his choice is to look forward to a better future.

“My plan is to get out of house arrest, move to Florida, and start a new life” Pre explained.

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  • JRB
    19 April 2014 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    It’s not to late to find a new life, but first you have to take care of the criminal charges, then you can start all over again for a new life. Good Luck !