Gov. Brown Grants Pardons To 65 People Easter Weekend

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has used the Easter Weekend to grant pardons to 65 people, including one convicted killer.

The governor’s office announced the pardons Saturday.

Most were for people convicted of selling or possessing drugs.

However, Robert Phillip Brown was convicted of murder. He was paroled in 1996 after serving 15 years in prison.

Others pardoned included Francisco Mauricio Nunes, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

James David Vercellino, who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, also was pardoned.

In every case, Brown’s office says, those pardoned had been released from prison more than 10 years ago and have stayed out of trouble since then.

Brown granted a total of 128 pardons last year.

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