Richard was arrested 32 times. He assaulted police officers, He was labeled "dangerous and incorrigible."
His sixteen-year odyssey of crime and anger that began when he was only nine ended simply—miraculously—on March 16, 1969. He was saved!! Counselors, psychologists, and correction officers had all failed to deter him from his chosen path. Yet on that day, Coss met a group of Christian businessmen and fellow inmates at the prison chapel. His anger and hate vanished, and Coss gave his life to Jesus Christ. He was paroled soon after and in 1975, he received a pardon from President Gerald R. Ford.