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New Hampshire

September 5, 2013

N.H. correctional officer loses bid for pardon


“His work is commendable at corrections, but to offer a pardon so he can have advancement in his job and carry a weapon? ... To me it’s black and white. It’s not appropriate,” Sununu said. “This is a man who invaded the homes of nine people. He went in at night, sometimes when people were sleeping.”

Having a felony record precludes someone from being hired by the state Department of Corrections as a prison guard or as a probation or parole officer. Misdemeanor records are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Councilor Debora Pignatelli voted in favor of a pardon, saying, “I think he has done exceptional things with his life and I would like to see those continue.”

Only two pardons have been granted in New Hampshire in the past 30 years. In the most recent case, a mother of three was pardoned in 2011 for a felony escape conviction dating back to 1982 when she climbed out of the window of a police cruiser. Keith McNeil was pardoned in 2003 on a domestic violence conviction that prevented him from deploying to Iraq with his National Guard unit.

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