The rock star convinced a US judge not to jail his former band manager, busted for smuggling a massive 20 tons of marijuana, with a six-page hand-written plea for mercy. SEE HERE
The never-published letter was kept locked away for more than 20 years by the band's former tour manager, Rich Bozzett, who has included it in his new book charting the band's meteoric rise.
The biographer told RadarOnline.com the letter helped prevent Doc McGhee from being locked up in prison for the pot bust, which today would have a street value of more than $20 million.
On January 19, 1987 McGhee pleaded guilty to the charges in a North Carolina federal court for a crime that should have landed him 20 years or more in prison.
"You see, your honor, Doc did in fact commit a crime, and I realize the severity of his case," Bon Jovi wrote, But a man with his knowledge and commitment to the music industry can do so much good as a public servant. If I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me at any time."
According to Bozzett, the judge complied and put McGhee on multi-year probation with the court and had Bon Jovi make good on his word.
The band started the "Make a Difference Foundation," played at "The Moscow Peace Festival" and at Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.