INTERVIEW: David "Bucky Brooks talks about new job, being cleared of murder
Brooks will start a new job at Standard Publishing Company in Shepherdsville.
Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 4:32 pm EST by
Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 5:12 pm EST
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He hasn't had a job for 12 years, but now the man cleared of Jessica Dishon's murder has found steady work.
David "Bucky" Brooks spoke with WDRB's Valerie Chinn Tuesday about the new position and what it means for his family.
"It means so much to us, you wouldn't believe," Brooks said, getting emotional.
After being rejected from so many jobs, Brooks has been given a second chance. He starts a new job Tuesday night as a truck driver for Standard Publishing Company in Shepherdsville.
The business, you may remember, has recently caught fire.
Standard Publishing management members tell WDRB News they've known Brooks for several years, even before the trial. They say they knew he needed a job and he'll be a good fit for the company.
Brooks says this job means a steady income for his family for the first time in 12 years since he got out of jail.
He was wrongly accused of murdering 17-year-old Jessica Dishon in 2001 and his case ended in a mistrial. In January, Stanley Dishon, Jessica's uncle pleaded guilty to manslaughter in her death after a new investigation by the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department. Brooks finally felt his name was cleared.
Brooks' wife Irene has always supported him.
"It's been bad since my mom and dad passed away," Brooks said. "We've been living off her social security and odd jobs I can do for my family, and that's all."
The family says they've been living off of about $700 dollars a month.
Irene Brooks says, "Now we can move forward. The remaining kids that are living at home, it means a fresh new start for them."
The family says their church and the Nelson County Schools system have been helping them. They also plan to move to Jeffersontown when school is out for the year since they've been offered a place to stay free-of-charge while they get back on their feet.
The family initially wasn't pursuing a lawsuit, but says that has changed. Irene Brooks says, "All them years ago, it was tormenting. We just want people to know, you can't do people like you did."
"Just to prove they can't get an innocent man and put him through everything," Bucky Brooks added. "And the sheriff's department, now they are the greatest in the world."
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