MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) – Gov. Tony Evers has announced 37 additional pardons, including people ranging from Neenah to Oconto.
According to a release, the Governor’s Pardon Advisory Board heard from applicants virtually on Dec. 11, 2020, and again on Jan. 8, 2021.
“From mistakes made as teenagers to desperate times as they struggled with homelessness or substance misuse, what we have seen overwhelmingly from applicants is a desire to move forward, give back, and make peace with their pasts. I am glad to pardon these 37 individuals and continue the good work of the Pardon Advisory Board to give folks second chances,” says Gov. Evers.
Of those 37 pardons, those from northeast Wisconsin include:
- Paul Vidani, De Pere – reprinted autographed professional sports photos which were sold as originals.
- Christopher Howard, Kaukauna – Stole a jacket from someone who’d just been assaulted when he was a teenager.
- Christopher Goodman, Oconto – Broke into a barn, stole rifles, and shot at silos and cars on a property.
- Theodore Bowman, Neenah – Stole $25 from a gas station lockbox and broke a window to get into a bar.
- Joshua Wentzel, Appleton – Caught dealing marijuana when he was a teenager.
- Benjamin Peters, Appleton – Sold one ounce of marijuana.
Evers has granted 144 pardons to date.
According to a release, the Wisconsin Constitution grants the governor the power to pardon individuals convicted of a crime. A pardon restores some of the rights that are lost when someone is convicted of a felony, including the right to serve on a jury, hold public office, and hold certain professional licenses.