When Shawn was honorably discharged from the Army in 1992, after serving four years with the 82nd Airborne, he moved back to Maryland, without much of a plan. He was living with his aunt and working at a fast food restaurant. Frustration and boredom led him to experiment with drugs, and before long, he was “stealing, robbing and running around on the streets.” Soon he was arrested and awaiting sentencing.
Home for 90 days after his first incarceration, Shawn returned to drugs. Months passed, and after another incarceration, he moved in with his mother in D.C.