This weekend, thousands of local college students will turn their tassels and start their journey in the real world.
But for one FAMU graduate, the real world came first.
Veronica Daniels had to overcome time in prison as an accomplice to attempted murder.
She walks with her head high, her attitude, confident. But FAMU graduating senior Veronica Daniels hasn't always chosen the right path.
Once on the streets at age 13, the Miami native found a boyfriend.
Soon after, Daniels agreed to a plot with a boyfriend, where she'd help in the escape of two fugitives.
“Before we went into the courtroom, told me he'd tap me on the shoulder, then I was to give him the gun behind my back,” recalls Daniels.
And she did, the ordeal landed her behind bars as the gun was used in the attempted murder of a bailiff, and the two men escaped.
And because of her loyalty to her boyfriend, she wouldn't talk.
Tried as an adult, she was convicted of being an accomplice to attempted murder, and served three months in a and she did, the ordeal landed her behind bars as the gun was used in the attempted murder of a bailiff, and the two men escaped.
Leaving prison at 17, the high school dropout got her GED at 18, and then, after getting an Associate’s Degree from Miami Dade Community College came a startling revelation.
So, with her revived faith in god, she made her way to FAMU.
At the age of 35, she's graduating magna cum laude. The psychology major says her life will soon be focused on helping others.
“A lot of people point the finger and say that person's bad, but there's a desired time for people to find the meaning of their life,” Daniels explains.
Daniels has founded a non-profit organization called "Second Chance to Make First Impressions." Her goal is to help young people realize that if you're still here, you still have a chance.
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