Governor Evers Grants More Pardons than any Governor in Contemporary History, Including One for River Falls Business Owner | News


Gov. Tony Evers announced he had granted another 30 pardons, bringing his total number of pardons granted to 337 in his first three years in office.

Governor Evers has now bestowed more pardons in his first three years in office than any governor in contemporary history.

“I am proud of our work to give a second chance to those who have made amends and paid their debt to society,” Governor Evers said. “These people have recognized and acknowledged their past mistakes, and it sends a powerful message of redemption as each of them strives to build a better and better future for themselves and their communities.”

The Governor’s Pardon Advisory Board heard from the candidates virtually on November 12, and applications that were selected for expedited review or recommended by the board were referred to Governor Evers for final review. Governor Evers pardoned the following:

Antonio Petit was 19 when officers arrested him and found a controlled substance in the vehicle. Since then he has obtained his dual license in Cosmetology and Barber and currently owns a barber shop with his wife where he has provided free services to community members in need in River Falls.

Serena genisus was 19 when police found a controlled substance while searching his home. Today, more than two decades later, she is committed to her personal growth, won court support, and found her faith by attending her local church in Florida.

Nicolas smith was 18 when police arrested him and found marijuana in his vehicle. He has since obtained his Associate’s Degree and BS in Electrical Engineering and remains dedicated to his career and family in Missouri.

Jeffrey Collins was 21 when police arrested him and found marijuana in his vehicle almost 40 years ago. He worked hard to support his family as a project supervisor in Chetek.

Joseph ross jr. was struggling to support his family when he failed to disclose his employment in a public aid application. Today, 46 years later, Mr. Ross is retired and lives in Mississippi.

Dwight Swacina sold marijuana to an undercover law enforcement officer. Almost 40 years later, he gives back to his community by helping his neighbors who face challenges or difficulties. He also obtained his bachelor’s degree and received strong support from his community in Beloit.

Joshua Schilling was 20 when he sold marijuana and a controlled substance to an undercover law enforcement officer. He is a professional artist and performance artist in Chicago.

Adam hanke was still a teenager when he sold a controlled substance to a police informant. Almost 20 years later, he is pursuing his Masters in Social Work to help others struggling with the same issues he has overcome. He enjoys tremendous support from his Oakfield community.

Charles Leggett sold a controlled substance to an undercover agent. A proud father now more than two decades later, he works to support his family in Milwaukee.

Matthew Callaway was in his late teens when he sold marijuana to an officer 16 years ago. He resides in Colorado, where he aspires to be a firefighter.

Alicia Roseau was 18 when officers found a controlled substance in his vehicle two decades ago. She lives in Milwaukee with her family and looks after her son full time.

Patrick moran sold marijuana to an undercover police officer. He has since embarked on his personal development and gained the support of the court. He lives in McFarland and has been a reliable worker for two decades.

Kirby Hammonds was 17 when police found him in possession of a controlled substance. More than two decades later, he is a father, a man of faith and a hard worker. He lives in Madison.

Douglas wynboom sold marijuana to an undercover agent. He lives in Kaukauna where he has remained committed to his job since 1988.

Antonio Robertson was found by officers in possession of a controlled substance. He now cares for people with disabilities and plays an active role in the lives of his children.

Michael adams was a teenager when he attempted to evade officers after being observed speeding. Since then he has served 14 years in the United States Marine Corps where he received numerous honors in military training and air traffic control. Now working as an air traffic controller, he also volunteered to tutor and read to children. He now lives in Arizona with his family.

Joyce Pierce was 19 when she cashed fake checks. Since then, she has devoted herself to teaching and childcare, which makes her professional ambitions as she obtained her associate degree and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree. She lives in Milwaukee.

Nicole dayton was 26 when she embezzled funds from her employer. She has since become active in her religious group and worked to redeem her reputation as a trustworthy employee. She lives in Stoddard and looks forward to traveling for missionary work.

Leon Howard was 19 when officers found marijuana at his residence. Living in Milwaukee, he supported his neighborhood by hosting block parties and street cleanups in addition to two jobs.

Damien Spiropoulos was 21 when officers found marijuana in his residence 25 years ago. A father of two, he lives in Milwaukee and is committed to improving himself.

Albert taylor was a teenager and was trying to pay for his education when officers found a controlled substance in his vehicle. Now a motivated entrepreneur, he continued his studies and training to help him excel in his business and provide for his family.

Jamie Gyr was 18 when he and others stole several storage units. Over the next almost 30 years, he personally and professionally developed into a husband, father and businessman. He lives in Brownsville.

Marcie Gibson faced her unstable home when she sold a controlled substance to an undercover agent. She lives in Milwaukee, where she dreams of opening a group home for girls.

Clinton mallett the medical transport service billed for services that were never rendered. He has volunteered at his church and aspires to open a community center in Mississippi.

Harry miller was with friends when they decided to try and steal soft drinks from a vending machine at a locked laundromat and then resisted arrest by officers who responded to end a bar fight he was involved in, assaulting officers and damaging a police vehicle. Over the next three decades, he focused on his work and family and can’t wait to travel more. He lives in Mount Pleasant.

Terrell harper was 21 when he drove a friend to sell marijuana. He has since graduated as an associate, completed his treatment, and is involved in the lives of young members of his family. He is active in web design and lives with his partner in Milwaukee.

Marc Randa was in his twenties when he sold marijuana and other controlled substances to plainclothes police nearly 40 years ago. He is a father of three and has built a career in 3D printing and design and aspires to run for public office in De Soto where he lives.

David stout was 17 when he broke into homes after the owners left to take money and belongings and tried to escape police custody. He won the support of the circuit court and the prosecutor’s office, as well as his friends and family. He lives in Beloit.

Elie Reaves was twice found in possession of controlled substances. He continued his path of self-improvement through professional training, volunteer service and time spent with his family in Milwaukee.

Adrien taylor previously stole a woman’s purse and also took his girlfriend’s car during an argument. He has since graduated as an associate and raised his family in Brown Deer.

The Wisconsin Constitution grants the governor the power to pardon those convicted of a felony. A pardon is an official act of forgiveness that restores rights lost when a person is convicted of a crime, including the right to serve on a jury, hold public office, and hold certain professional licenses. A pardon does not erase court records.

Under Executive Order No. 30, those convicted of a Wisconsin felony can seek a pardon if they served their sentence at least five years ago and no criminal charges are pending. Those currently required to register with the sex offender registry are not eligible for a pardon.

Executive Order 130 established an expedited review process for requests that meet more stringent criteria, including a longer time since the end of the sentence and the non-violent nature of the offenses.

The Governor’s Pardon Advisory Council will continue to meet virtually monthly and will meet again on January 14, 2022. This hearing will be broadcast from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.


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