"What got me locked up was that I was young and I was a gunslinger," said Sai. "I was playing with them guns. I always liked guns and I was always quick to use my gun. One day, some kid bumped into me, somebody I didn't know... and I thought he should apologize, and he didn't apologize, and I shot him. And I ended up shooting an innocent bystander."
The tragic event left Saigon locked away in prison. "I was about 16 years old, and they sent me away for a long amount of time. That's where I became the Yardfather, that's where I became Saigon, that's why I was like, 'I can't keep living like this,' because that wasn't my first time. I'd gotten locked up as a juvenile for another shooting."
However, Saigon turned things around, because he realized he was headed down a destructive path. "I just told myself, 'I don't want to be a career criminal. I don't want to spend the rest of my life in prison 'til I die.' So I said, 'I gotta do somethin'.' I didn't have no education. When I went to prison, I had a seventh-grade reading level. ...When I was in there, I took the initiative to learn. Started going to the library, because they don't force you; they want you to be dumb so you can come back. But I said, 'I'm not comin' back. Fuck that.'"
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