HOUSTON -- Marquis Davis Sr. has a story to tell about the costs of choices and the vicious cycle some choices tend to perpetuate.
“I’ve sold drugs and I’ve taken from people” said Davis. “When a child doesn’t have options and other routes to take, they become desperate and they turn to other people.”
Davis said that’s what happened to him as a young man. He was just 19-years-old when he joined a gang and went to prison for armed robbery.
"It's been 20 years since I've been home, and I've done everything in my power not to revert back to that way of thinking," said Davis.
He said he also did everything to try to reach the son he barely knew, Marquis Davis Jr.
"And I just told him stay away from those dudes and those gangs. Stay away from those guys. But I got there too late. I showed up too late. I came home to a grown man with a grown man mentality."
According to police, that mentality lead the younger Davis and another suspect to murder 31-year-old Stanly Kumbanattel over his car last week. A few hours later, the pair are accused of using that car to commit a violent armed robbery at the House of Pies restaurant. Davis is now behind bars.
"It feels like it's me all over again. It feels like I just went back in," said Davis.
The elder Davis is no longer incarcerated but he said he’s unable to truly break free.
"I don't know where it says it, but somewhere in that Bible it says the sons will suffer for the sins of the father," said Davis. "My father was no different. It's going on and on and on."
And that’s why he said he was speaking out, hoping the lesson his son failed to learn, others would.
"I just want to say to all the people out there who are in gangs or thinking about joining a gang," said Davis. "There's no good coming from it."
Davis said he wasn’t looking for sympathy in any way. He apologized to the family of the murder victim and the House of Pies. He said if his son was guilty, he deserved whatever punishment the courts deemed appropriate.