CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - An ex-con in Camilla who struggled finding a job, now has one. After years of not being able to find a job, Robert Mancil is getting a chance, thanks to a South Georgia Peanut company. It's an opportunity he says he's not going to mess up.
Just last week Robert Mancil told WALB how frustrated he was after he was turned down for a number of jobs because of his criminal record.
"I'm trying to survive for my family," said Robert Mancil. "Give me a job so I can support my family and not go back to a criminal lifestyle."
On Thursday, his frustration was gone.
"Golden Peanut bought Harold Nuts out and has gave me an opportunity to better my life right here in Camilla," said Mancil.
Mancil who spent 11-years in prison after an arson conviction 16-years ago was hired Thursday by Golden Peanut Company and will soon begin work as a machine operator.
"It will benefit me to prove to them that I'm the great guy that they need to work for them and I'll make them proud as I will my family and my fiancée," said Mancil.
He's also working on a new goal and that's to get his High School Diploma through a local church program.
"I'm fixing to be 52-years-old and I'm going to graduate with my niece," said Mancil. "She graduates this year with honors and I'm going to graduate with her."
Mancil knows there are other ex-cons looking for the same opportunities, and he is encouraging them to never give up.
"It's looking better and I think everybody out here should have an equal opportunity," said Mancil.
Mancil says he expects to receive his diploma within the next 30 days. He starts his first day on the job Monday morning.
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