Former FL gang member, inmate set to graduate with 4.0, 2 degrees

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POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 9:30am

UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 11:41am

Ambitious, sentimental and an odds breaker. That's Angel Sanchez -- this year's commencement speaker and distinguished graduate at Florida's Valencia College.

Sanchez, 31, will graduate next week with a 4.0. He'll get two degrees.

It's quite an accomplishment for the man who grew up in Miami's inner-city with drugs, gangs and a mother battling drugs. He ran away from home at 13.

By 16, he was in prison on charges including attempted murder.

Then, there was a turning point.

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