A mum-of-two has shared her incredible transformation from being a heroin addict who robbed Mexican drug dealers at gunpoint to being one of the top students in her graduating university class.

Ginny Burton, 48, was put behind bars three times and was introduced to cannabis by her mum when she was only six-years-old while her dad was jailed for armed robbery. She started using crystal meth when she was 12, Daily Star reported.

At age 14 she smoked crack and by the time she was 21 she was injecting heroin.

At 16, she was raped by her mum's drug dealer.

Ginny began robbing Mexican drug dealers at gunpoint years later and crashed a stolen truck during a police chase, KMTR reports.

A mugshot of Ginny Burton when she a drug addict in prison.

"I am that person," she told the US outlet. "I have 17 felony convictions. I am the person you used to clutch your bag when I walked by you. I am the person that would randomly attack somebody in public.

"I was not a savoury person. Everybody was a victim, and everybody was prey."

She added: "You can't stand your life. You would rather be dead than alive. I spent most of my addiction wishing that somebody would just blow me away."

But her life was transformed forever when she was arrested for the last time in December 2012.

She decided to turn her life around after being imprisoned, and begged with the courts to place her into the Drug Diversion Court program.

Ginny finally rid herself from her addictions and criminal past for good, returning to education.

Having completed a college course in Seattle as the oldest person in her class, she was accepted by the University of Washington.

In 2019, she was awarded a scholarship and joined the university's all-academic team.

A year later was named the 2020 Truman Scholar for the state of Washington.

And now she has graduated from the University of Washington with a political science degree, and is hoping to work in prison reform.

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