Two Contra Costa Residents Get Full Pardons from Governor Jerry Brown

March 31, 2013 15:51 pm · 17 comments

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California Governor Jerry Brown issued full pardons to 65 convicts who have “demonstrated exemplary behavior” since being released from prison, and two of those felons are from Contra Costa County.

Click on each picture above to read about each pardon.

old concord March 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Very cool I like it. We can make a difference. Great job and good luck in your future.=)

Anon March 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Try getting a decent job with a Felony on your record FOR LIFE, yet, in this “christian” nation We are supposed to be forgiving, especially if someone has time put in to prove they’ve changed their ways.
Happy Easter.

anon --- ONE WHO KNOWS March 31, 2013 at 4:01 PM

This is like a criminal Alien (undocumented worker) who does illegal things– in these 2 cases – felonies & they wait long enough & now they are all ok–political trick for Easter…what a joke–he even did one for a murder case–I am sure the family of the dead guy feels great on this holy day………

Julio-Antioch March 31, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I have mixed emotions about pardons. I only read these two and they seemed OK. Governor Arnold did some pretty bad ones he never should have done. Especially the political one. Lord I can’t even remember his name. But that one was commuting his sentence which isn’t a good idea either.

ConcordMike March 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

April Fools!
???

Stater of the Obvious March 31, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Irony = Christians mocking pardons on Easter.

What Security March 31, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Good for them, free many of the non violent drug pushers, especially the mary jane pushers from the 70’s and 80’s they got bum wraps anyway.

Prison are to full with people who should not be doing long stints anyway.
We became a police state making money putting people into jail.
Privitation at it’s worst.

Everything March 31, 2013 at 7:49 PM

And there are some,who mock everything.
They are the hardest to forgive.

Law Dog March 31, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Posted on ABC7News.com:

“SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown, who has been criticized for granting parole to more murderers than his predecessors, announced Saturday he has granted Easter Weekend pardons to 65 people, including one convicted killer.

Most of the pardons signed Saturday by Brown were for people convicted of selling or possessing drugs.

However, one of the pardons was granted to Robert Phillip Brown, who was convicted of murder. He was paroled in 1996 after serving 15 years in prison.

Others pardoned included Francisco Mauricio Nunes, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter involving a weapon. He served two years in prison
James David Vercellino, who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, also was pardoned. Like Nunes, he served two years.

Brown’s office said that everyone receiving pardons had been released from prison more than 10 years ago and had not been in trouble since then.

Brown granted a total of 128 pardons last year.

The Democratic governor came under fire from victims’ rights groups last year after it was revealed that during his first year in office he allowed about 80 percent of the state Board of Parole Hearings’ decisions to release convicted killers on parole to stand.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, allowed about a quarter of the recommended paroles to stand, while former Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, allowed just 2 percent.

Crime Victims Action Alliance, a Sacramento-based group that assists victims and lobbies for their rights, said at the time that Brown’s decisions put 331 murderers back on the street….”

@Law Dog, #9 March 31, 2013 at 9:08 PM

All those pardoned have served their sentences, are on parole and are “on the streets” already.

anonymous March 31, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Got to ask youself, are these people you want working with children, purchasing a firearm or voting?

Casey April 1, 2013 at 2:48 AM

They have not been arrested since their crimes. And have proven they have changed their lifestyle by not going back to jail or prison. Their debts, and dues are paid. They are just getting their rights back. I agree %100 with the governor’s decision. People do change, and people make mistakes. Woe to you who are judging and damning these people for their past mistakes.

anon --- ONE WHO KNOWS April 1, 2013 at 3:25 AM

“Good for them, free many of the non violent drug pushers, especially the mary jane pushers from the 70′s and 80′s they got bum wraps anyway”

BS – they were guilty & they deserved their time in prison–“nothing bum” rap about it

Don't Censor Me Bro April 1, 2013 at 3:51 AM

@@Law Dog, #9 March 31, 2013 at 9:08 PM
“All those pardoned have served their sentences, are on parole and are “on the streets” already.”

NOT!

Sacto Rob April 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

I am constantly amazed at the huge number of people who think our prisons are full of people who got busted in 1967 for holding a roach. What nonsense. Prisons are full of the worst of the worst, the most egrigious of lawbreakers. Their senteneces are based on what overworked prosecutors were able to make stick via plea bargaining. A career drug dealer who’s helped ruin countless lives and committed countless environmental crimes by cooking/trafficing meth plea bargains a dozen counts down to a single count of posession with intent to sell, with the understanding he’ll get the max sentence. Some soft-headed do-gooder then cries about how so-and-so is spending 20 years inside for “simple posession,” and it’s bought hook, line and sinker. To quote Richard Pryor, (after he visted “the brothers” in prison) “Thank God we have penitentiaries.”

Vladimir Lenin April 1, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Good ! Now they are all eligible to buy firearms and help defend themselves. Should take some of the pressure off of the Police.

BudweiserTerrier April 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Did Brown realize the police can and will be biased? Were the arrests under flimsy or unconstitutional procedures? I think these people will cherish the privilege.

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