Governor pardons 11 local criminals

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Jerry Brown

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SAN DIEGO — Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people who committed crimes in California, including 11 who were convicted of mostly drug or theft offenses in San Diego County, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

All of those pardoned have completed their sentences and have been out of custody for at least a decade without committing new crimes.

Individuals who have been convicted of a crime in California can apply to the governor for a pardon. A gubernatorial pardon may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior and have lived productive and law-abiding lives following their conviction.

The pardons for people found guilty of offenses in San Diego County were given to:
— Frank Charles Belville, who was convicted in 1987 of diverting funds from an estate while he was addicted to methamphetamine, but later became a sailor and civilian Department of Defense employee;
— Hector Briceno, who was convicted in 1980 for a convenience store armed robbery and now volunteers with police and fire departments in New Mexico;
— Francisco Cordova II, convicted in 1998 of stealing from a storage facility;
— Kenneth Cruz, convicted in 1996 of selling marijuana;
— Thomas Ainsworth Hopkins, convicted in 1988 of diverting to his personal use more than $100,000 that was supposed to be used to establish a phone network;
— Ronald Eugene Johnson, convicted in 1989 of manufacturing a controlled substance;
— Ruzica Rose Medvinsky, convicted in 1989 of drug possession and transportation charges;
— Douglas Moore, convicted in 1999 of possession of a controlled substance for sale;
— Joaquin Robles-Bueno, convicted in 1993 of conspiring to manufacture a controlled substance;
— Carlisle Wallace, who was convicted in 1994 of receiving stolen property, but became a decorated 18-year Marine veteran; and
— Joseph Worsley Jr., who was convicted in 1964 of filing a false insurance claim for burning a 1960 Triumph Roadster and went on to a 32-year career as an electronics technician with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The governor’s office said once a pardon is granted, the state Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are notified to have them update their records. Each pardon is filed with the Secretary of State and the Legislature and is a public record.

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