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Manslaughterer/Prison Break Actor Lane Garrison Speaks

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lane garrison opens up about prison time and poor decisions

To recap, former Prison Break actor Lane Garrison killed one of his passengers in a 2006 DUI, and then spent 22 months in prison following a vehicular manslaughter conviction in 2007.

Last we heard from him back in Feb 2010, he was complaining about prison, and we did NOT feel sympathy for him.

Now, over a year later, Garrison has opened up once again about prison time and his VERY poor decisions.

Here's Garrison on his time in prison:

“You have to trust that one of these guys, when you close your eyes, isn’t just going to wake up in the middle of the night, pull you off your rack and beat you with a lock or stab you."

“If you speak to anyone who’s ever done time, the fact that you make it out of there alive is a miracle. It’s like a bomb went off inside; it’s your worst nightmare,. Your hardcore gang members are there, and the guards are pretty hard there as well. I probably saw about 300 fights; I had a bunkie who was killed; I saw people stabbed.”

And here's Garrison on his "guardian angel":

“I’d be sitting there on the yard and someone sitting right next to me would literally just get clocked and I was never touched. It’s by the grace of God that I’m sitting here with you today.”

Garrison on his poor decisions, and why he deserved to do time:

"[That night] was a night of bad decisions. I had two drinks, downed two shots…bottom line, I should’ve never been at that party; I should’ve never had drinks in my system; I should’ve never drove."

“I think for me I’d been through so much; I’d just lost both my parents, and I felt like, nothing else bad can happen. The message is simple here – with drinking and driving, most people don’t have an intent to hurt somebody, but it happens and it can happen to anybody.”

And here's Garrison on "manning up" for his mistake:

“I grew up learning from a father who said when you make a mistake or you make a bad decision, you man up and take responsibility. The minute I decided to plead guilty was the minute that everything changed in my life. Going through 8 prisons, I never thought I’d make it out to see another set. I’m fortunate enough to get a second chance when a young man doesn’t have one, so I’m going to make the most of it.”

While we can appreciate the fact that he's acknowledging his mistakes and learning from them, the fact is another human being died because of his extremely irresponsible behavior.

It should have NEVER happened in the first place.

What do U think of Lane Garrison's comments? Are U able to forgive him?

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71 comments to “Manslaughterer/Prison Break Actor Lane Garrison Speaks”

  1. 1


  2. 2

    It's not our place to forgive him you twat. He paid his debt, and only the family he affected should judge him, not you pole smoker.

  3. 3

    You know what? Shut the fuck up, Perez. He did mistake that many people do and it ended someones life. But who the hell are you to judge when he is simply acknowledging his mistake? You are a celebrity blogger, no God. Your opinion means shit. The only people who should be working on forgiving him are the victims' family. Nobody could care less if your stupid ass forgives him or not.

  4. 4

    Yeah it shouldn't have happened but it did. For someone who is all about antibullying and equality and all that you are the most judgemental person on planet earth. You should really ask yourself when you go on these rants how you would feel if you made a mistake like this. Drunk driving is horrible but people don go out and think "hey I'm gonna get drunk tonight and kill someone". Jackass

  5. 5

    Seriously this makes me sick he should have gotten at least 10 years he took someones life because he got behind the wheel drunk I don't feel bad for him, to bad he didn't get his ass handed to him in jail…oh well karma s a bitch buddy

  6. 6

    You should not be so pious Perez…when you make (made) your mistakes have you not learned from them? Be forgiving and tolerant.

  7. 7

    his guardian angel? what did it cost him? his bottom?

  8. 8

    He speaks mostly about himself and only briefly mentions his 'young man' victim. Surely he knows his name!

  9. 9

    i saw the Today interview this morning and was very impressed with him — but I have nothing to forgive — it was not my loved one who died — people do make mistakes, horrible mistakes with permanent consequences, but we have a justice system — he served his time, he deserves to now live his life

  10. 10

    blah, blah, blah, and more blah. I agree with previous poster. He should've gotten 10 years minimum.

  11. 11

    I totally forgive him. He paid his dues, admitted he was guilty and has had a terrible experience in jail. I feel sorry for him. You know he didn't want anyone to die.

    "There, but for the grace of God . . ."

  12. 12

    Why should we forgive you if you think you can judge him? You've said such horrible things about people, I bet they ended up hurting themselves because of it. Britney Murphy, anyone? Who the hell are you to judge anyone? He seems truly remorseful and he's really not even making excuses. He can't change it, and he wants to live the rest of his life as a non-douchebag. Can you say the same thing?

  13. 13

    Re: Crabbey – you feel bad for HIM are you fucking kidding me? What about the guy who lost his life because of this asshole and if you people think this was the first time he drank and drive I highly doubt it…he didn't pay any dues he should have got way more time in jail hello he KILLED someone

  14. 14

    Get off of your high horse already.

  15. jay26 says – reply to this


    Whats wrong with what he said Perez? It sounds to me like he feels terrible, admits it should have never happened, and says he deserved what he got. What the hell do you want from the guy? Of course it should have never happened but there are no time machines. What else can the guy do?

  16. 16

    we are no one to judge. i can put money on the fact that perez and probably 90 percent of the people who will comment has gotten behind the wheel drunk and drove. those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. if you can honestly sit there and say you have never EVER driven drunk then bravo… keep it up!

  17. 17

    Hi Perez,

    Just joined this site. But I've been reading it for years without bothering to register a name. However, I felt compelled to do so after reading what you just wrote about Lane Garrison. Please remember when you were a young man, Perez, that you made a lot of stupid, ill-advised mistakes. After all, mistakes are what make us human beings and not machines. Give Lane a break. Yes, you grudgingly admit that he has served his penance and acknowledges his wrong actions, but from your tone, you still condemn him by pointing out that he killed a person. With all due respect, Perez, do you really think he is capable of forgetting that fact?? He's lain in prison for 2 years thinking of little else but survival. It will affect him and the love ones of that dead boy forever. So, please mete out your cruelty to those that deserve it far more than Lane. His actions caused a great tragedy and loss of life. But a greater tragedy will ensue if he is not allowed to move on with his life without harsh judgment from others.

  18. 18

    Re: Freedomisntfree – You must live a perfect life without mistakes?

    A bad decision that inadvertently killed someone. "He" received a minimum sentence, much like anyone else who does the same thing. You were not involved in this; you do not know of anyone effected by this case; you have no right to criticize him over it. Hence, why you replied to someone who posted under you with criticism.

    He went to jail, which is something most celebrities do not even do. He served his time and is legally a free man. What you are doing infringed upon his constitutional right to freedom. Then again, most Americans don't understand what freedom is anymore, so I empathize with your inability to understand it either.

    The problem with you (and America) is how you must always advocate your voice. It must always be heard and it is ALWAYS right.

  19. 19

    Perez, STFU. Who are you to judge anyone, anyway? He paid his debt to society and he could have been another asshole celebrity that fight charges with high powered attorneys until they get away scott-free (ahem, Lindsay Lohan, Brandy, Halle Berry - look it up people) instead of paying for their mistake. He took his punishment like a man by pleading guilty, did the time and now he's speaking out to prevent other driving n driving fatalities.

  20. 20

    Right, he admitted he was wrong, he did his time, he didn't fight it. He can't change it. He can only learn and go forward. It's awful, it's terrible, it couldn't be worse, and he will live with that every day of his life.

    You don't want to be judged, so why do you judge so harshly?

  21. 21

    Re: Freedomisntfree – First Perez ur an idiot… it is not up to us to forgive him that is him and the family that have to figure out what is best for their heart. Second a hole im replying too it is ok to feel sorry for someone other than the victim just because he commited the crime doesn't mean he's not coping with the out come… seriously think b4 u speak!

  22. mw says – reply to this


    absolutely. anyone who is sincere and genuinely contrite deserves forgiveness and a second chance

  23. 23

    I once killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die… And I'm not sorry.

  24. momaj says – reply to this


    Such a hypocrite. Aren't you always commenting on how cute and wonderful Rebeccay Gayheart's family is? She killed a CHILD and never paid the consequences and I've never seen her speak/apologize for it. You suck in so many ways. …and quit posting comments to these celebs like they know or give a shit about you have to say.

  25. 25

    Perez you are the biggest hypocrite! You called Wil I Am a fa**ot!!!! Trying to provoke him. You are judgmental & raged on in that disgusting rant video "explaining" yourself!!! Why can't Lane "explain" himself. I believe Lane truly feels remorse, but you? You are just one lucky mofo, cause what saved the backlash of your shit it Michael Jackson died the day after you got slapped for calling a man a fa**ot! So nobody gave a shit you got slapped and forgot you used a homophobic slur!! Perez, just STFU and GO AWAY!

  26. 26

    You said "Are U able to forgive him?"

    Why did you ask that? What do WE have to forgive him for? It wasn't our family personally effected. Whoever wrote this post did not think but instead just posted the same question they put into every other posting. None of us were effected by this guy's actions so it doesn't matter what we think. All we have the right to say is good luck to him now that he has grown from this awful experience.

  27. 27

    Re: SayWha? – Good call, really good call (especially on the celebs who paid high profile lawyers after hurting/killing people in accidents)

  28. 28

    dude. it's not yours to forgive. It's the victim's family and friends….not YOU. stop making this about you. jeez.

  29. 29

    Re: star_brite – lol. best response.

  30. 30

    you know what the sad part is….those people commenting that he should get 20 years etc. etc. have probably come close to taking a life themselves and not knowing it, we all probably have come close to it. Whether it be taking your eyes off the road for a split second to check on your kids, not coming to a complete stop at a 4-way, not checking mirrors.

    Perez, you too have probably come close to it, maybe even in your words from your past.

    You don't even know the future, those people, & Perez, saying he should spend 20 or get his ass whooped in jail, what if in the future you accidentally take a life? I would doubt you would say you deserve more than 20 and getting ass beaten, I doubt you would so easily want to leave your family to do your time.

    Next, to those people not happy with his sentence, what if it was your brother/mother/sister/father/best-friend/someone you really really care about, who did this mistake? Would you so easily say, "off to jail, hope you get what you deserve there"? Again, I doubt it, you don't really know until it happens

    Perez, since you're pretty stubborn with opinions, imagine if your god, Lady Gaga was in this mistake, would you still write something like this about her?

  31. 31

    He seemed genuinely contrite this morning and humble. He hopefully will go on to help many people avoid the same mistakes he did.

  32. 32

    I saw his interview, and he seems genuinely remorseful. It's time to let him go on with his life. He'll always live with the guilt.

  33. 33

    this guy will spend the rest of his life agonizing over what he did - that he killed a young man. his lifetime of guilt will consume him and he took complete responsibility for his actions unlike most celebrities who try to lie their way out of it. perez, you really need to think before you blog…

  34. 34

    Re: citizen24 – Have you ever lost someone to drinking and driving? I have my father was hit by a 24 year old drunk driver who I'm sure made a "mistake" but you know what I don't give a shit you should have the common fucking sense to call a cab or have DD for fuck sakes this guy makes enough money or at least he did off of prison break could he not fucking afford a driver? For those of you saying he did his time you are fucking delirious he should have got a minimum of 10 years like I said before.

  35. 35

    his act, although an irresponsible one was not a malicious one with intent to kill. this man is not a cold blooded killer. he is a human being who made a bad decision that unfortunately resulted in a death of another. It was a bad decision for the kids to get into a car with a drunk person. bad decisions all around. This wont be the first time a bad decision has resulted in death and it wont be the last. Hopefully we can all learn from these unfortunate mistakes.

    may heart goes out to the family of the young man.

  36. 36

    Re: CeeCee – Oh really he feels bad? Well to bad for him he shouldn't have fucking got behind the wheel drunk fucking asshole should have gotten a driver. Until you lose someone from drinking and driving you will NEVER understand how fucking stupid it is and you will never understand that this guy should have gotten 10 years.

  37. 37

    why do you have to forgive him perez?
    why do we?
    he didnt kill a member of my family.
    its up to the people involved in the situation not you or the public.

  38. 38

    Re: Freedomisntfree – Hey man, can you honestly say that you have never made a mistake that has hurt someone and had serious consequence. I am not saying that you have killed someone, but quite possibly hurt someone. Lane pleaded guilty and took responsibility for what he did. He served the time that an official judge deemed appropriate for his case. I am sure that he will forever live with the guilt of being responsible for killing someone. I am sure that other people say that they forgive him for what he did, but I am sure that he will never forgive himself. So if you have any bit of decency you will let him live his life and have enough respect for a fellow human being to let the matter be behind us and let the family of the poor man who lost his life move on.

  39. 39

    Wish he had died in prison. More than one DUI. Clearly not a good learner. And he has no guardian angel; it's all random, pal. And no, I have never driven drunk and I have never even BEEN drunk, what's the appeal? And nope, I have never made a mistake that injured someone. Doesn't mean I'm a saint (there's no such thing except in fantasies). But I wish the guy had a different first name…

  40. 40

    Its not our job to judge. He as served his time and sees that what he did was wrong. Nothing he does will ever bring that precious life back, but we can still be forgiving.

  41. 41

    I think only time will tell. I genuinely believe the guy is sorry, but he spent a lot of time talking about the horrors of prison. I'm not saying it's a great place, but he sounded like he was feeling really sorry for himself. However it wasn't a member of my family and I'm not the one that has to live with it on my conscience so I really don't have the right to judge.

  42. 42

    he made a mistake, he's doing his time…..its done with…cant take it back, cant change it, can only move forward…

  43. 43

    Lane Garrison has to live with the fact he's responsible for causing the death of an innocent person for the rest of his life and the only people who might forgive him are the family of his victim without Perez Hilton asking 'are u able to forgive him?'

  44. 44

    He got a second chance, nothing wrong with that.

  45. 45

    You know what bothers me is the party was at a Beverly Hills home where parents livewhat were parents doing…..he paid now leave him alone…

  46. 46

    What the heck do you or I have to forgive him for? He never did anything to you or me. He's acknowledged what he's done was wrong and apologized and he's paid the price. The only people that should still be upset with him are the boy's parents

  47. 47

    This is why I despise you so much perez. You are SUCH a judgemental hypocrite. Who the fuck are you to judge anyone. Keep hiding your hideous head under those awful hats piggy…..we know you have something to hide. You're a liar and a fake.

  48. 48

    I see where some people are coming from. I at first related this to Chris Brown with the fact that I could not forgive Chris Brown for hitting Rihanna and for his acts afterward. Some of the arguments people were saying was that he paid his time, people should move on. Well I think that I was quick to judge him, for a simpler crime because for this man right here, I feel sorry for. It is no place for anyone to judge. But I also agree with some people when they say that it is common sense not to drink and drive. Many of us were drinking before we were 21 and we all know the effects. They constantly hammer it into our brains in high school. So how could you forgive someone that takes another persons life when they know they are impaired? It wasnt a malicious act, but in the way that it was careless, I believe it was malicious because we all know the consequences. I have not seen the interview but I would hope any situation like this would change someone for the better. There is no way to take this back, the only way to move on is to not throw your life away and just be thankful that you are alive.

  49. 49

    A seriously massive F*CK you, Perez. This is a MAN, who didn't FIGHT the charges, he f*cking plead GUILTY for a mistake that so many people make. He f*cking took responsibility, and he served a rightfully f*cked up punishment, which he acknowledges he deserved and LEARNED from. Time to let him off the f*cking hook. One rarely, rarely sees someone take the responsibility and accountability that he has, one rarely sees the character he is demonstrating to move forward and effect the world in a positive way. I absolutely applaud his growth and support his positive and admirable development. And I pray the family who lost their loved one finds peace somehow, because, Lord knows how one could. Peace.

  50. 50

    what more can this man do? He already said it should have never happened. And it is not our place to forgive him. He's already been sentenced, judged, and served his time. Sounds like he's learned a hard lesson to me.

  51. 51

    There but for the grace of god go I… Thats what I have to say. It is not for anyone here, especially you Perez, to sit in judgement of him or say anything regarding his apology, humble observance of what he went thru and how he sees it now. To me, he sounds like he is truly sorry over what happened, and he will live with what happened for the rest of his life. It was a mistake pure and simple. Like he said, you do not go out and intend on killing someone, but when something like this happens, it changes your life forever. He is quite sorry for what he did, and we should leave it at that. it is for the family and friends of the victim, him and god to sort out now..

  52. 52

    To err is human. To forgive, divine.

  53. 53

    He can't take it back. What he did…he deserved jail time for it. That poor kid who died. So tragic. And it's Lane Garrison's fault. Thing is — Garrison has taken responsibility in every way he can. So you can continue to hate him for what he did, but I really believe understands the permanency and gravity of what he did. I think he knows he deserved hard prison time. If he was flippant about it, I'd feel differently. He knows how horrible what he did was. I believe that.

  54. 54

    Re: Freedomisntfree – You should really do something about that anger. I've had people close to me killed in alcohol related accidents too, it's VERY common where I live. But I don't hold anger towards anyone at fault anymore, because it's unhealthy to hold that much anger towards someone, and even more so in your case since you don't even know this guy. Lane has absolutely nothing to do with you, so you have no right to judge him for anything he has done or will do in his life just because you lost someone to a similar situation. I saw his interview this morning and he was more remorseful than probably any celebrity criminal has ever been during a post-sentencing interview. He is completely torn up about what he did, and not once since it happened did he make any attempts to excuse or deny what he did. He cooperated with the police and court 100% and admitted that he was wrong and deserved jail time from the beginning. He made a huge mistake, but he handled it like a man. Most people, especially celebrities, DON'T do that

  55. 55

    So tired of Perez having to have the last word. He paid his " debt", he was accountable for his actions. If anyone is angry because he had a shorter sentence, be angry at the system.

  56. 56

    mario, while i agree with you that a life was taken and that it should have NEVER happened…putting in yout title "MANSLAUGHTER" is uncalled for. what if the rest of your life you were defined by your worst decision??? serioulsly. He paid his debt. if you think that he got off easy - don;t target him - do something to effect change in our laws. but, dude, come on. everyone deserves a second chance. everyone. what he does with it is up to him. but who do you think you are to defining someone and to decide who gets a second chance and who doesn't.

  57. 57

    i had to create this lame ass profile just to leave my comment,.anyway, perez is an instigator for even suggesting what our opinions are. let this dude go one with his life. I believe he is sincere with regret and this action will haunt him forever. Perez was supposed to stop bulling people,.hence his ugly big headed ass face on Ellen telling her he was. To me this is clearly a form of bulling. Having us attack people for him!..i wish Lane well and go dodgers!!!…haah!>.

  58. 58

    Perez you're an asshole. Iif he can stop someone ELSE by speaking up and showing what could happen and save ONE life? Or a family? He could make someone think twice. And you have NO business trying to demonize him when he is admitting his mistake and trying to spread the word that drunk driving is serious business.

  59. 59

    You called his behavior was extremely irresponsible. The same can be said for anyone who GETS IN THE CAR with someone who drives drunk. Your post implies what's wrong with our world: People need to stop looking for someone to blame. The same may have happened if the roles were reversed and the friend drove home. Both made mistakes.

  60. 60

    Perez, what more can he do? He has paid his debt to society. He has acknowledged his mistakes, said he was sorry, told others publicly to never drink and drive. He can never bring back the person he killed but he has done his time. If you can't accept that then just don't post about him any more. Besides, you aren't the one who needs to forgive him.

  61. 61

    WHY are you even addressing this guy's apology's or his story all together? He KILLED someone's child, end of, and he's on TV whining about how terrible prison was?

    Our Justice System is a fuck up. Overcrowding is an issue in our prison system. He did deserve to do his time, but if I had to choose between him and inprisoning a child molester, I would choose the child molester. It's not fair at all to the victims or their families, criminals and murderers getting out before their time is due, but what else is this nation going to do? Our economy is fucked.

    And eye for and eye seems like a good idea…

    Anyways, he's to revive his goddamn career, and the media is gonna help him. Perez, The Today Show, you should all be ashamed for even paying attention to this shit.

    P.S. Perez, you ARE a bigot.

  62. 62

    Hi. All of you are preaching your bullshit on here but who are you to judge anything. I actually knew Vagahn. Yes that was his name, not "some kid" and he was an amazing, beautiful person who cared more about everyone else than himself. His life ended the night Lane decided to not only drink and drive but he was under the influence of MANY other substances as well. I've learned to forgive him because its true we all make mistakes, and hating him wont ever bring V back to me. But I cannot forgive how his popularity is over something that devastated our entire community. Every time he is interviewed he talks about himself and his hardships, and yes I am sorry for his losses but its absolutely no excuse for killing an innocent young man. Its been a little over 4 years and many of us are still reeling over this because we honestly just don't think Lanes ever actually felt remorse for the Setians or his friends- only for himself.
    So to your question, from someone who lived through this and sat in the courtroom during the trail and sentencing I can say I forgive him but really that doesn't seem to mean much to him. I forgive him for myself and my friends, especially for V's loving and wonderful parents.

  63. 63

    Let's see. He pleaded guilty and served the jail time given to him. I believe he paid damages to the victim's family, as well as apologized numerous times. Seems to me he has paid his debt to society and should be allowed to move on. Manslaughter is not murder and that is why our justice system treats them differently.

  64. 64

    What an asshole you are, PP. This isn't the pulpit or confessional, and you certainly are hardly the clergy. The real question is, Would anyone forgive you for the horrid things you've said and written? Go look in the mirror, asshole.

  65. 65

    The guy who died decided to get in the car with someone who was obviously intoxicated, he made a bad decision and paid a price for that, so Lane isn't the only one at fault.

  66. 66

    Perez your not perfect either. No one is. The size one ones mistakes large and or small have consequences and this man has paid his. So let him get on with his life he is still young and can do so. Perez it seems you ride on a pretty high horse or at least act like it honestly it is very annoying some times. One day your time will come where you make a mistake that will end up being a life alternating moment in life.

  67. 67

    He made a mistake, committed a crime, and paid his debt to society. I will not judge him and neither should you!

  68. 68

    Of course, he did the crime and did the time. It's easy to blame him, but what about the person he killed? Can you honestly say that he didn't deserve some of the blame? He KNOWINGLY got into the car with a drunk driver. Garrison deserves a break. He's a killer, no doubt, but he's seemingly distraught over these experiences. Give him a break. We all make mistakes.

  69. 69

    you give this guy such a hard time but you dont say anything bad about brandy…she killed someone too, not from a DUI but from not paying attention while driving..dont be hypocritical

  70. 70

    I think its pretty ridiculous that after this man has served his time and paid his dues to society for a mistake that I'm sure haunts him every day, you still act like he is the devil. Dude is a man and people make mistakes. I know it was an awful one but dude served his time and HE has to LIVE everyday with his mistake not you Perez. Don't be so harsh on people.

  71. 71

    Also getting in the car with a drunk person is just as bad as driving drunk yourself. Of course I do not wish death on no man, however the passenger made a choice too.