Josh was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. He grew up with his older brother William (who is holding him in this picture) and his younger brother Luther. For a while, Josh and his family also lived in Adams County. Josh's parents split up not long before he was arrested.
In May 2015, Josh joined the dog program at Warren Correctional Institution. Ever since then, he has cared for and trained dogs for 4 Paws for Ability. This organization places service dogs with children who have a variety of special needs (e.g. Autism, Down's Syndrome, Fragile X). Josh is responsible for the basic obedience of the dogs. In addition, he watches the dogs of several staff members.