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by Charles Mombo

President Obama Grants Pardons to 17 Individuals - Total 39 Since His Presidency
President Obama Grants Pardons to 17 Individuals – Total 39 Since His Presidency

President Barack Obama, on Friday, granted pardons to 17 people for nonviolent offenses.

About a year ago, I wrote an article, entitled, Presidential Pardon – Appears to be reserved for Whites with friends in high places. That article was based upon a report by ProPublica, “Presidential Pardons Heavily Favor Whites.”

The report found that white criminals were about four times as likely as minorities to receive presidential pardons. The report also indicated that President Obama, America’s first African-American, appears to be following the footsteps of his white predecessors – by only pardoning applicants that were recommended by the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney. And as a result, the report notes that 20 of the 22 people Obama had pardoned at the time were white.

According to a White House press release, the 17 pardoned individuals are:

Robert Leroy BebeeRockville, Maryland.
Offense: Misprision of a felony, 18 U.S.C. § 4.
Sentence: Two years probation.

James Anthony Bordinaro – Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Offenses: Conspiracy to restrain, suppress, and eliminate competition in violation of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1; conspiracy to submit false statements, 18 U.S.C. § 371.
Sentence: 12 months imprisonment, three years supervised release and a $55,000 fine.

Kelli Elisabeth Collins – Harrison, Arkansas.
Offense: Aiding and abetting a wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343, 2.
Sentence: Five years probation.

Edwin Hardy Futch, Jr. – Pembroke, Georgia.
Offense: Theft from an interstate shipment, 18 U.S.C. §§ 659, 2.
Sentence: Five years probation, $2,399.72 restitution.

Cindy Marie Griffith – Moyock, North Carolina.
Offense: Distribution of satellite cable television decryption devices, 47 U.S.C.
§ 605(e)(4), 18 U.S.C. § 2.

Sentence: Two years probation with 100 hours of community service.

Roy Eugene Grimes, Sr. – Athens, Tennessee.
Offenses: Falsely altering a United States postal money order, 18 U.S.C. § 500; passing,
uttering, and publishing a forged and altered money order with intent to defraud,
18 U.S.C. § 500.

Sentence: 18 months probation.

Jon Christopher Kozeliski – Decatur, Illinois.
Offense: Conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods, 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 2320.
Sentence: One year of probation with six months of home confinement, $10,000 fine.

Jimmy Ray Mattison – Anderson, South Carolina.
Offenses: Conspiracy to transport and cause the transportation of altered securities in
interstate commerce, 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 2314; transporting and causing the transportation
of altered securities in interstate commerce, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2314, 2.

Sentence: Three years probation.

An Na Peng – Honolulu, Hawaii.
Offense: Conspiracy to defraud the Immigration and Naturalization Service,
18 U.S.C. § 371.

Sentence: Two years probation, $2,000 fine.

Michael John Petri – Montrose, South Dakota.
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled
substance (cocaine), 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a), 846.

Sentence: Five years imprisonment, three years supervised release.

Karen Alicia Ragee – Decatur, Illinois.
Offense: Conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods, 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 2320.
Sentence: One year of probation with six months of home confinement, $2,500 fine.

Jamari Salleh – Alexandria, Virginia.
Offense: False claims upon and against the United States, 18 U.S.C. §§ 287, 2.
Sentence: Four years probation, $5,000 fine, $5,900 restitution.

Alfor Sharkey – Omaha, Nebraska.
Offense: Unauthorized acquisition of food stamps, 7 U.S.C. § 2024(b)(1).
Sentence: Three years probation with 100 hours of community service, $2,750 restitution.

Donald Barrie Simon, Jr. – Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Offense: Aiding and abetting in the theft of an interstate shipment, 18 U.S.C. §§ 659, 2.
Sentence: Two years imprisonment, three years probation.

Lynn Marie Stanek – Tualatin, Oregon.
Offense: Unlawful use of a communication facility to distribute cocaine,
21 U.S.C. § 843(b).

Sentence: Six months in jail, five years probation conditioned on residence in a
community treatment center for a period not to exceed one year.

Larry Wayne Thornton – Forsyth, Georgia.
Offense: Possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C. §§ 5861(d), 5871; possession of
a firearm without a serial number, 26 U.S.C. §§ 5861(i), 5871.

Sentence: Four years probation.

Donna Kaye Wright – Friendship, Tennessee.
Offense: Embezzlement and misapplication of bank funds, 18 U.S.C. § 656.
Sentence: 54 days imprisonment, three years probation conditioned on performance of six hours of community service per week.

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