Gov. Hickenlooper pardons 22 criminal offenders; names released
Joe St. George and Web Staff
DENVER -- Gov. John Hickenlooper has pardoned 22 individuals for crimes committed in the state within the past several years.
The governor received more than 470 applications and said he spent about 50 hours reviewing various applications and each victim, if there was one, was made aware.
There were no offenders guilty of major crimes such as murder or domestic violence.
"These are 22 people who at one time in Colorado did something that forever changed their lives the consequences have kept them from advancing at work, at renting an apartment, walking into a job interview and getting a fair shot. It's gotten in the way of them what they consider more meaningful lives," Hickenlooper said at a news conference.
There is one armed robbery and several marijuana possessions -- in some cases from decades ago. Marijuana is now legal in the state.
Each of the individuals pardoned pleaded guilty initially and the governor said each one turned their life around in a meaningful way that warranted a pardon.
Breana Bright: Theft from 2007
Linda Burch: Marijuana possession 1992
Robert Busse: Criminal trespass in 1989
Jerome Casper: Theft in 1983
Donald Corkum: Theft in 1978
Trina Cutcher: Possession of controlled substance 1996
Matthew Eschenfelder: Theft in 2005
Donald Haggart: Aggregated motor vehicle assault in 1988
Robert Harsh: Marijuana possession in 1972
Mark Horner: Theft in 1997
Christopher Karr: Providing false information in 1994
Travis Leach: Marijuana possession in 2005
Judith Lopez: Second-degree forgery in 1981
Joe Maestas: Possession of controlled substance in 1992
Louis Mitchell: Possession if marijuana in 2000
Charles Pope: Taking parts of motor vehicle in 1962
Demitrius Roberts: Possession of controlled substance in 1995
Frances A. Sagel: Forgery in 1996
Bounlom Souvannamacho: Common theft in 1994
Wayne Thomas: Aggravated robbery use of a deadly weapon in 1997