“I realize what I was doing -- I was putting a blanket over my shame and humiliation.”
On June 11, 1994, Garland Hampton woke up around 10:30am. He poured himself a bowl cereal, took a shower, and went to a friend’s birthday party. That evening, Garland would get into a fight with a fellow gang member. He pointed a 9-millimeter pistol at Donell Storks and shot him in the left side of the head. Both boys were 15 years old. Garland is currently serving time at Oakhill Correction Institue, out by Madison. As a man, he recognizes the fear and anger that drove him to the point of murder as a boy. Garland is now eager to share his story -- his traumas and his triumphs -- in an effort to help Milwaukee break its cycle of violence.
Garland Hampton speaks with Precious Lives producer Aisha Turner at Oakhill Correctional Institute in Fitchburg, WI.
Tristan Cook | Department of Corrections