Debra Rayfield can sleep easier at night knowing her son, John, is back at home -- and that he did the right thing to get there.
Police say 33-year-old John had received five years probation for a burglary charge in 1995. But cops say John violated that probation, and received new charges. According to police, this was too much for John, and he fled to Aniston, Ala. to get away from it all.
But while John was in Ala., cops say he met someone special who he eventually decided he wanted to marry. But cops say he knew he couldn't start a new life when his former life was so tangled.
According to police, John decided it was time to make things right, so he called his worried mother and told her what happened. Cops say Debra convinced John to come back home to Poplar Buff, Mo.
On July 17, 2006, cops say John turned himself in to the MIssouri Department of Corrections, ending the painful worrying of his mother, and starting a new life for himself.