SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has pardoned 13 former prisoners, including three whose immigration status may benefit from the decision.
He also commuted the sentences of 21 current inmates on Friday, including several who killed their victims and had been serving life-without-parole sentences.
One of those pardoned was deported to Cambodia in 2011 but wants to rejoin her 16-year-old son in the United States.
Two others are attempting to avoid deportation to Cambodia. Ny Nourn, 39, was convicted of second-degree murder in San Diego County in 2003. Newsom’s office said she was 18 when she helped lure her victim to his death at the direction of her 38-year-old abusive boyfriend, who shot him.
The other was convicted of residential burglary in 1995. All three lawfully entered the United States as young children.
According to the AP, Richard Morrison, who now lives in Colorado and was 22 when he was convicted in 1994 in San Diego County of attempted second-degree burglary, was also among those pardoned.