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Alabama bingo developer Ronnie Gilley looks to future after prison

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Mar 21 2017 10:50 AM

In a lot of ways, it's the same Ronnie Gilley.


The self-confidence is still there. The big dreams and optimism. The gift of gab.


But if you pay attention, you notice some differences. Gilley speaks a little cautiously these days, choosing his words carefully. He's more humble, and his humor more self-deprecating.


"In prison you can either sink or swim," he said. "I chose to swim. For me, it was probably the best thing that ever happened."


Free after serving more than four years in prison, Gilley has found work and peace with himself. He's now working in construction and property development, referring to himself as a "general flunky."


"I love it," he said. "I love real estate development and construction. I love taking a piece of raw property and envisioning what it will look like when we're finished and there forever."


Gilley is also venturing back into another business he loves - entertainment. Gilley hopes to produce a concert this summer. The venue has yet to be determined, but Gilley hopes once all details are ironed out that he'll be able to do one of his other favorite things - showing people a good time.


All in all, Gilley said he's glad to be free and thankful for the opportunities that lie ahead of him.


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