Monday, December 24, 2012
A man found guilty of robbery 58 years ago in San Diego County was among 79 people pardoned today by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Frank E. Morino, 79, was convicted in August 1954 and imprisoned for five years. No further information about his case was immediately available.
A letter of clemency for Morino said he volunteers at a center for the elderly and helps Alzheimer's patients. His application for a pardon was supported by the Ventura County Superior Court, according to the letter.
Granting pardons is a traditional gubernatorial action during the holidays. The governor's office said all of those whose requests were granted have served their sentences and been law-abiding for at least a decade.
Six others with San Diego-area convictions, mostly for drug offenses, were also pardoned. They include:
-- Crystal Lynn Fimpel, convicted in February 1995 of drug possession and served three years probation;
-- Charles Norfleet Hughes, found guilty in July 1998 of marijuana possession and served three years probation;
-- Silvester Jermaine Jackson, convicted of robbery in May 1993 and spent six months in prison and three years on probation;
-- Lawrance L'Heureaux, found guilty of narcotics possession in March 1987 and spent one year and nine months in prison;
-- Brian Thomas McGlynn, found guilty of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale in August 1985 and spent three years on probation; and
-- Michael Charles Renwick, found guilty of possession narcotics for sale in April 1983 and spent three years on probation.
According to the governor's office, anyone convicted in California can apply for a pardon, but the request is only granted "to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior following their conviction.''