“”I’ve condemned myself to hell on earth,” I thought.
Not only am I indicted for a drug conspiracy, but I was under investigation for extortion, a string of burglaries and armed robberies connected to a crooked Suffolk County cop, a group of shady lawyers and one of the Mafia’s five organized crime families.
When Erick Sermon went head first out a fourth-floor window, I was the first person called. My crew had a reputation to dish out street justice. There was no aspect of this gangster lifestyle I didn’t participate in.
That first year of incarceration, was one dramatic court hearing after another. Each taking a toll on my mother. When she learned that my friends were cooperating with the government against me, she took matters into her own hands.
Mom walked quietly but carried a big stick.
My mother had a reputation of her own in the streets.
The district attorney learned that Mamma Wright was in Gestapo mode and brought it to the judge’s attention at the end of my hearing.
“Your honor, there’s one last issue I would like to address, concerning the defendant’s mother,” the prosecutor said pointing to my mother in the courtroom.
John, turned around with raised eyebrows, looking at my mom who smiled, shrugged her shoulders, listening to what was said.
“What’s your concern?” the Judge asked.
“We’ve received information that Mrs. Wright has confronted a number of potential witnesses and we would ask the Court to advise her to stop. She’s attempting to obstruct justice.”
My mother kept smiling.
Then the Judge addressed her directly, “Mrs. Wright, although the Court does understand a mother’s love for her son, please cease contact with witnesses involved in this case. Interfering with a federal investigation is a serious crime. Please allow your sons’ lawyer, who I’m sure has a licensed investigator, address any issues that have any significance to this case.”
“O.k.,” my mother said, nodding her head, still smiling at me as I was lead out of the courtroom.
That evening, I was unexpectedly called down for a legal visit.”