Governor pardons 42 in LA County cases

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A man whose friend was killed as they were playing with a firearm that accidentally discharged was among 42 people pardoned today by Gov. Jerry Brown for crimes in Los Angeles County.

Barry Kimball Chase, now a resident of Florida, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served four years of probation following his November 1981 sentence, according to the grant of his pardon.

The pardon was among 127 granted in cases statewide, with Los Angeles County having by far the largest number and most other counties in the single- digits.

The governor’s office noted that applications for a gubernatorial pardon are generally not considered unless the person was discharged from probation or parole for at least 10 years without further criminal activity during that period.

A pardon — an honor that may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior following their conviction — does not seal the individual’s criminal record or expunge the record of conviction, according to the governor’s office.

Others pardoned in Los Angeles County cases included:

– Terry Lee King, now a resident of Pennsylvania, who was sentenced in June 1970 for robbery. King “became involved in the drug scene in 1969 and committed two robberies,” and served two years and three months in prison, according to the grant of parole;

After his release, King went on to work for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and earned a Master of Public Administration degree, and has been a college faculty member for 18 years, according to the parole grant;

– Ronald Jerry Kilgo, who now lives in Georgia. He was sentenced in November 1969 for assault with a deadly weapon for shooting someone during a dispute not longer after he was honorably discharged from combat service in Vietnam, according to the grant of parole;

He served one year and nine months in prison and has been active in his church and received civic awards, according to the parole grant;

– Vincent C. Okonkwo, who lives in California and was sentenced in September 1995 for insurance fraud and perjury for submitting false insurance claims for auto accidents and auto burglaries between 1990 and 1994, according to the parole grant. He has since earned a law degree, according to the parole grant;

– Avis Braswell, now a resident of Nevada, who was sentenced in June 1973 to five years probation for robbery for participating in several robberies at coin laundries and small grocery stores when she was 18, according to the grant of parole;

– Ireno Alejandro Perez, a resident of California who was sentenced in January 1993 to two years in state prison for helping someone to submit a false claim for insurance proceeds;

– Patricia Charrise Gray, who now lives in Colorado and was sentenced in April 1988 for assault with a firearm for firing a pellet gun at her then- boyfriend after an argument. She served six months behind bars.

The majority of the other Los Angeles County cases in which were pardons were granted involved people convicted of drug offenses and burglaries.

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