He began forging his grandfather's checks to support his $1,000-a-day drug habit. It led to his downfall. In 1984, at 27 years old, Gammon began serving his first prison sentence at Desoto Correctional Institution.
However, his work-release program gave him the opportunity to sneak home to see his wife occasionally and continue selling and abusing drugs and alcohol.
It was a pattern of life that didn’t cease as Gammon continued to pile up arrests and eight separate trips to prison. His crimes ranged from forgery and grand theft to possession of drugs and burglary.
Gammon recalled his experience at his first correctional facility where race riots pitted whites against blacks. There were stabbings and sexual assaults. But Gammon was bigger than most and after a few fights, no one bothered him.
In fact, Gammon says being in prison only made him a better criminal. He would steal food from the kitchen, 36 egg sandwiches strapped to himself.
“I looked like a mummy!” he joked.