Then 18, Slater worked at Wendy's to pay his way through life, he said, even though he was awarded a huge settlement for the death of his father.
Today Slater faces charges for aggravated murder for the death of a Cleveland fireman.
He was "indicted Tuesday on charges of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault aggravated robbery, robbery, tampering with evidence and having weapons while under disability, according to Cuyahoga County court records," reports say.
And we are told black crime is the effect of poverty.
58-year-old Theodore Wright was apparently shot while in his truck during the robbery. He died when his truck crashed into a utility pole.
The media heaped praise on the millionaire May 29, 2013.
He allegedly murdered Wright May 1, 2014.
His indictment was reported April 21, 2015.
From Cleveland.com we read:
A Cleveland man is charged with aggravated murder in connection with the death of off-duty firefighter Theodore Wright.
Slatter Howell, 20, was indicted Tuesday on charges of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault aggravated robbery, robbery, tampering with evidence and having weapons while under disability, according to Cuyahoga County court records.
Howell has not yet been arrested, according to a spokesman with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.
The indictment accuses Howell of causing Wright's death while attempting to rob him.
Howell's arraignment is scheduled May 5.
Cleveland firefighter Wright, 58, was found dead on May 1, 2014. Investigators said he was shot before he crashed his truck into a utility pole on Claasen Avenue near East 71st Street.
The 32-year veteran was pronounced dead at the scene. The gunshot killed the off-duty firefighter, according to the medical examiner.In 2013 NewsNet5.com posted this glowing report of Slater:
Eighteen-year-old Slater Howell has been through the fire.
"So I got out here in the streets and I thought I was going to find love out here in the streets, but I found love alright and that was juvenile prison," Howell said.
An East 52nd Street house was where Howell's gang used to hangout before he made up his mind to change.
"Wasn't nobody allowed on this street. Basically, we had this street on lock," he said. "The life that I was living wasn't the right life. That's why I was placed behind bars."
Howell said his journey to delinquency started when his mom walked out. He was only 3.
"I was 9 years old and my father died. So as my father died I didn't have no father figure. I didn't have nobody to look up to," he said.
Slater was awarded a huge settlement for his father's death. He said his caregivers received stipends to take care of him, but he didn't see the money.
"That's why I turned to the streets; lack of money and lack of love from your family."
Looking back is painful because Howell said he did some terrible things.
"I wish I could go back to 14 and 15, 13, 12, or 8. I wish I could go back there, but now I'm out here on my own. I'm 18 now it's a struggle," Howell said.
He credits the Boys and Girls Club with helping save his life, namely Nancy Johnson who started mentoring him when he was 14. Howell now pays it forward helping other young kids.
"It wasn't the things she was saying, it was the things she was doing, keeping me out of trouble, taking me places that I've never been," Howell said.
He's a student at Tri-C now. He said that's the one thing he did right during the chaotic years. He got his education and he hopes other kids will do the same.
"By you turning to the streets you're going to end up dead or in jail," he said. "You're going to end up where I was at and I didn't like it where I was at."
Although he's a millionaire, Howell still works at Wendy's to live from day to day, and drives what he calls his "old bucket." He said he refuses to squander the money that cost his father his life.
The Boys and Girls Club is accepting kids for summer months that need mentoring and a safe place.
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