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Patriots’ Kenbrell Thompkins overcame troubled past

Headed for trouble, he turned his life around

Judge Dennis Murphy keeps an autographed photo of Kenbrell Thompkins on his desk. The football glamour shot shows Thompkins in his El Camino College uniform. He appears a proud team captain for the Torrance, Calif., school, a confident JUCO All-American who finished his sophomore season with 1,020 receiving yards.

Thompkins looks nothing like the troubled teenager who appeared before the Florida Circuit Court judge on drug charges three years earlier.

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