<![CDATA[Governor Jerry Brown granted executive clemency to two men convicted in Yolo County as part of a wave of last-minute pardons signed toward the end of the governor's term. Christopher Andrew Walker-Krisman was convicted and sentenced in 2004 on one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, the governor's office said. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation. Two years later, he was charged again with a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance; he served one year of probation in that case and underwent prescription drug treatment. The governor approved Walker-Krisman's request for clemency in November, granting him a full and unconditional pardon. In comments attached to the pardon, Brown said Walker-Krisman had "lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character and conducted himself as a law abiding citizen." The pardon restored certain rights to Walker-Krisman, including the right to possess and own a firearm, Brown wrote. Walker-Krisman's pardon application was the only one with a connection to Yolo County among the 38 pardons and 70 sentence commutations granted in November. On Christmas Eve, Brown issued 143 more pardons and another 131 commutations, including one for a man convicted in a different Yolo County drug case. Christopher Brookshire was sentenced to three years of probation in 1992 for transporting a controlled substance. In 2014, he obtained an order from California Superior Court in Yolo County that provided evidence of his character since his sentence lapsed. "Brookshire has paid his debt to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon," Brown wrote. It was not clear what rights, if any, would be restored to Brookshire as a result of his pardon. Brown, who will soon end his second term as California governor, has pardoned more than 1,300 inmates since taking office in 2011, granting nearly three times as many requests as he did when he was governor from 1975 to 1983. A pardon is a formal forgiveness for a crime, usually after a sentence is completed, while a commutation generally reduces the sentence of someone who is either jailed or on probation. Neither act erases a conviction from a person’s criminal record. Analysts say Brown’s decision to issue an average of 100 pardons a year is not unusual, though it may be an attempt by the governor to roll back certain tough-on-crime initiatives that took place during his inaugural term. Those initiatives have been blamed for a higher rate of criminal convictions that ultimately exacerbated the problem of prison overcrowding, among other issues.]]>
Governor Brown grants pardons in Yolo County drug cases
Governor Jerry Brown granted executive clemency to a man convicted in Yolo County as part of a wave of last-minute pardons signed toward the end of the governor’s term.