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Obama issues pardons to 17 for minor offenses
Sunday - 3/3/2013, 2:08pm EST
AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday issued pardons for 17 people, largely for minor offenses.
Those receiving pardons came from 13 states and had been sentenced for crimes that included falsely altering a money order, unauthorized acquisition of food stamps, drug violations, and possession of an unregistered firearm.
No one well-known was on the list released by the White House. Some of the crimes drew light penalties in the first place -- such as a North Carolina woman sentenced to two years' probation and 100 hours of community service for distributing satellite cable decryption devices.
A dozen of the 17 had been placed on probation. The other five had been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 54 days to five years. For those placed on probation, the length ranged from one year to five years.
The White House offered no details on why these particular people were selected by Obama, who has issued relatively few pardons since taking office.
He granted his first pardons in December 2010, to nine people convicted of such offenses as drug possession, counterfeiting and mutilating coins. He also issued two separate batches of pardons in 2011, including eight people in May for relatively minor offenses and five people that November.
Those pardoned Friday by Obama:
-- Robert Leroy Bebee of Rockville, Md., sentenced to two years' probation for concealing a felony or concealing information about a felony.
-- James Anthony Bordinaro of Gloucester, Mass., sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, three years supervised release and a $55,000 fine for conspiracy to restrain, suppress and eliminate competition in violation of the Sherman Act and conspiracy to submit false statements.
-- Kelli Elisabeth Collins of Harrison, Ark., sentenced to five years' probation for aiding and abetting a wire fraud.
--Edwin Hardy Futch Jr., of Pembroke, Ga., sentenced to five years' probation and $2,399.72 restitution for theft from an interstate shipment.
--Cindy Marie Griffith of Moyock, N.C., sentenced to two years' probation with 100 hours of community service for distribution of satellite cable television decryption devices.
-- Roy Eugene Grimes Sr. of Athens, Tenn., sentenced to 18 months' probation for falsely altering a U.S. postal money order, and passing, uttering and publishing a forged and altered money order with intent to defraud.
-- Jon Christopher Kozeliski of Decatur, Ill., sentenced to one year of probation with six months of home confinement and $10,000 fine for conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods.
-- Jimmy Ray Mattison of Anderson, S.C., sentenced to three years' probation for conspiracy to transport and cause the transportation of altered securities in interstate commerce and transporting and causing the transportation of altered securities in interstate commerce.
-- An Na Peng of Honolulu, sentenced to two years' probation and $2,000 fine for conspiracy to defraud the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
--Michael John Petri of Montrose, S.D., sentenced to five years' imprisonment and three years' supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance (cocaine).
-- Karen Alicia Ragee of Decatur, Ill., sentenced to a year's probation, including six months of home confinement, and a $2,500 fine for conspiracy to traffic counterfeit items.
-- Jamari Salleh of Alexandria, Va., sentenced to four years' probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $5,900 in restitution for filing false claims upon and against the United States.
-- Alfor Sharkey of Omaha, Neb., sentenced to three years' probation with 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay $2,750 in restitution for the unauthorized acquisition of food stamps.
-- Donald Barrie Simon Jr. of Chattanooga, Tenn., sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation for aiding and abetting in the theft of an interstate shipment.
-- Lynn Marie Stanek of Tualatin, Ore., sentenced to six months in jail and five years' probation condition on not more than a year in residence at a community treatment center for unlawfully using a communication facility to distribute cocaine.
-- Larry Wayne Thornton of Forsyth, Ga., sentenced to four years of probation for possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of a firearm without a serial number.
-- Donna Kaye Wright of Friendship, Tenn., sentenced to 54 days in prison and three years' probation, condition on performance of six hours of community service per week, for embezzlement and misapplication of bank funds.
Associated Press writers Darlene Superville and Pete Yost contributed to this report.
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