Governor’s Council Approves 3 Clemency Requests
The Governor's Council has commuted the sentence of a former Brockton woman and granted pardons to two other people, marking the first clemency votes in Massachusetts in more than a decade.
The eight-member council voted 6-2 on Wednesday to approve Gov. Deval Patrick's recommendation to commute the 7 ½-year sentence of Deanne Hamilton for dealing crack cocaine.
The council also voted unanimously to grant pardons to Jeffrey Snyder of Sheffield and Guy James Coraccio of Westfield. Snyder sought the pardon for a marijuana-related crime in high school, while Coraccio requested a pardon so he could obtain a gun permit.
The last pardons in Massachusetts were granted in 2002 under then-acting Gov. Jane Swift.
Actor Mark Wahlberg is among those also seeking pardons, but his case has not yet been heard.