Ex-con-turned-plumber helps kids with parents in jail go to college

Karl Winsness, a man convicted of the attempted murder of a Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy in 1988, now provides college scholarships for teens whose parents are incarcerated.

A man convicted of the attempted murder of a Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy in 1988 has turned his life around in an unlikely way.

Karl Winsness spent more than 15 years in prison. Ten years after being released, he's helping shape the lives of youth, and his story is getting national attention. This week People magazine picked up his story. Winsness owns Karl’s Affordable Plumbing. He wanted to help other children like his own, so in 2010 he started the Willy the Plumber Scholarship for children with incarcerated parents.

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