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Lingle's 55 pardons are most in 8 years

By Derrick DePledge

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Gov. Linda Lingle, following the trend of at least her two immediate predecessors, issued the most pardons of her term during her final year of office.

Lingle granted 55 pardons this year, more than double any other year during her eight years as governor. Former Govs. Ben Cayetano and John Waihee also issued the most pardons during their final years in office.

"In reviewing a request for a pardon, I consider carefully the individual's unique circumstances, especially what the person has done to turn his or her life around, remain crime-free and whether he or she is likely to reoffend," Lingle said in a statement last night.

"In granting these pardons, I believe these individuals have taken the necessary actions over the years to rehabilitate themselves and lead productive, law-abiding lives."

Most of the pardons Lingle announced last night were for nonviolent crimes, including many that occurred decades ago.

People who receive pardons have their records cleared of that particular offense. Pardons also restore certain rights and privileges, such as the right to vote.

Lingle pardoned 132 people during her two terms.

According to figures compiled by the Lingle administration, Cayetano pardoned 204 people and issued one commutation. He granted 78 pardons in his final year in 2002.

Waihee pardoned 115 people and issued five commutations, including 25 pardons in his final year in 1994.

Lingle, Cayetano and Waihee each served eight years as governor.

Below is the list of 44 individuals pardoned by Gov. Linda Lingle since July 1, and a summary of each case provided by the governor's office:

Joseph Kauloku Aka (aka Joyce Aka)
Joseph Kauloku Aka (aka Joyce Aka), 57, of Honolulu, had four convictions between 1976 and 1985, three of which were misdemeanors and the last one a petty misdemeanor. In February 1976, at the age of 23, Aka was convicted of harassment stemming from a fight and sentenced to six months suspended sentence. A second conviction for contempt of court occurred in August 1978 and Aka was fined $23. In August 1979, Aka was convicted of prostitution and fined $75. The final conviction in January 1985 was for disorderly conduct and resulted in a $25 fine. Aka has no other arrests or convictions on record. Aka was pardoned on November 5, 2010.

Ron Matthew Amor
Ron Matthew Amor, 45, of 'Aiea, was convicted in 1992 on two counts of assault in the third degree, both misdemeanors, stemming from a fight in a Honolulu bar when he was 27 years old. He was fined $100 for each conviction. In 1987, at the age of 22, Amor was found guilty of driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor. He was sentenced to 72 hours of community service, a 90-day driver's license suspension and a $300 fine. During that 1987 incident, he was also found guilty of a traffic violation. Amor has been arrest-free sine 1992. Amor was pardoned on November 12, 2010.

Daniel Lopez Aquirre
Daniel Lopez Aquirre, 49, of Kihei, was arrested and found guilty of abuse of a family / household member stemming from an August 1998 incident in which he struck his 15-year-old daughter on her leg with a broom handle while trying to assist his wife in calming the girl down. Aquirre was sentenced to 48 hours confinement and one-year probation. While on probation he successfully completed a program with the Family Peace Center. This was his only arrest and conviction. Aquirre subsequently received sole custody of the girl when he and his wife divorced. The daughter wrote in support of Aquirre's pardon application stating she and her father have a loving relationship. Aquirre was pardoned on November 24, 2010.

Domingo T. Bachiller, Sr.
Domingo T. Bachiller, Sr., 77, of Hilo, was convicted in May 1967 of battery. The incident occurred when Bachiller, who was 34 at the time, punched a friend with whom he had been drinking at a bar in Hilo because Bachiller thought his friend almost caused a car accident between them. Bachiller was arrested, pled guilty and was fined $25. He has no other arrests. Bachiller was pardoned on October 15, 2010.

Charlton Chandler Cabral
Charlton Chandler Cabral of Kea'au was arrested in March 1996 for abuse of a household member, however the charge was later reclassified to assault in the third degree. The incident stemmed from an argument with his girlfriend and the mother of her son, which escalated into a physical altercation. Cabral, who was 23 at the time of the incident, was sentenced to one year probation with conditions that he not threaten or cause harm to the victim and that he complete counseling as recommended. His probation ended in July 1997 and he also completed the recommended 50 hours of counseling in an Alternative to Violence Program. Both Cabral and the victim report that while they are not longer in a relationship, they remain in close contact because of their son and work together well in making decisions for him. Cabral has another prior arrest for failing to transport a firearm in a proper case while traveling to a hunting place. This case was closed and he was not prosecuted. Cabral, now 37 years old, was pardoned on December 1, 2010.

John De La Varty Calvert
John De La Varty Calvert, 48, was arrested in September 1992 in Kailua for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor. In February 1993 was found guilty and received a 90-day license suspension and a $150 fine. Calvert has three prior arrests, which resulted in two convictions. In June 1986, he was found guilty of criminal contempt of court, a misdemeanor, and received a 30-day suspended sentence. In January 1987, he was found guilty of criminal contempt of court and was fined $25. In April 1985, he was arrested for driving under the influence, but the case was dismissed. Calvert, who currently resides in Washington State, has had no arrests or convictions since the 1993 incident. He was pardoned on September 3, 2010.

Augustina Choy
In September 1985, Augustina Choy was arrested for gambling and possession of a gambling device. Her arrest was the result of an undercover investigation into illegal gambling. Choy was the cashier who verified credit points earned on a video gambling machine and handed an undercover officer $15. She was found guilty on both counts and fined $25 for each conviction. She has had no other arrests or convictions. Choy, 71 of Wahiawa, was pardoned on November 23, 2010.

Lee James Costa
Between February 1988 and October 1991 Lee James Costa of Ainaloa was charged with reckless driving, resisting an order to stop (twice), harassment, fraudulent use of license plates and criminal contempt of court (twice). At the time of these offenses, he was between 18 to 21 years old. Costa also was convicted in March 1994 for violating a protective order when he engaged in an argument with his then girlfriend. In October 1992, Costa was pardoned by Governor Cayetano for this 1994 offense, but at the time did not apply for a pardon for his earlier crimes. He has not been arrested since his 1994 offense. Governor Lingle pardoned Costa, now 41 years old, on December 1, 2010 for the crimes he committed between 1988 and 1991.

Cheryl Fay Coulter
In December 1984, Cheryl Fay Coulter, who was 27 at the time, made a domestic violence call to the Maui Police Department seeking protection, but was subsequently arrested for assault in the third degree and resisting arrest. The two charges were dismissed, and she was instead found guilty of disorderly conduct and sentenced to pay a $25 fine. Coulter, now 53 and living in California, has no other arrests or convictions on her record. She was pardoned with express authorization to bear firearms on October 6, 2010.

James Larry Fernandez
James Larry Fernandez, 66, of Pahoa, was arrested in February 1970 after an investigation revealed he falsely reported that his car had been stolen. He was sentenced to pay a $100 fine, of which $75 was suspended. In January 1982, Fernandez was indicted for promoting a detrimental drug in the first degree after Hawai'i County Police found marijuana plants and various drug paraphernalia at his home. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to five years probation with one year imprisonment as a special condition, credit for time served, and a $500 fine. He has had no other arrests or convictions. Fernandez was pardoned on November 26, 2010.

John James Cruz Figueroa
John James Cruz Figueroa, 75, of Kapolei was first convicted in 1954 for burglary. He was sentenced to 90 days of confinement and 5 years probation. He was 19 at the time. A year later he was convicted of larceny after being caught taking a pair of sunglasses out of a vehicle that did not belong to him. In 1956, Figueroa was convicted of assault in the third degree when he and his brother assaulted another man who was attempting to visit their sister. He was fined $25, which was later suspended. In 1964 Figueroa was convicted for assault in the third degree after he struck another person who intended to enter Figueroa's home. Figueroa was fined $25. In 1971, a fifth conviction for disorderly conduct involved a fight between Figueroa and his wife at the time in which Figueroa would not let her go. He was fined $25. Figueroa has had no other arrests or convictions since the last incident 39 years ago. Figueroa was pardoned on November 9, 2010.

Darralynn Jean Haunani Freeman
Darralynn Jean Haunani Freeman, 43, of 'Aiea was arrested in August 1997 for robbery in the first degree for being an accomplice as well as hindering prosecution in the first degree. In March 1998, she he was convicted for hindering prosecution and sentenced to one year probation and four days confinement by the Maui Circuit Court. Freeman was previously convicted in September 1994 of criminal contempt of court, a petty misdemeanor, in the Honolulu Family Court when she violated a restraining order that her estranged husband had against her. Since her 1998 conviction, she has had no other arrests. Freeman was pardoned on December 1, 2010.

Ramon H. Garza
Ramon H. Garza, 31, of Honolulu, has three convictions stemming from one incident that took place in 1998. Before leaving for Marine Boot Camp, Garza attended a party and got into an argument with his then girlfriend who left the party and returned home. Garza went to the home where the two got into an argument and Garza punched the woman. The police arrested Garza and he was found guilty of assault in the third degree, criminal property damage and driving under the influence. Garza, who was 19 at the time of the incident, has had no other criminal record. Garza was pardoned with authorization to bear firearms on November 9, 2010.

Mark Ainley Hayden
In May 1977, Mark Ainley Hayden, who was 24 at the time, sold cocaine to an undercover police officer on four separate occasions over a two-week period. He pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to five months suspended sentence. In 1983, he was arrested by Hawai'i County Police for theft, a petty misdemeanor. He has not requested a pardon for the 1983 incident. Hayden's record shows not arrests or convictions since 1983. Hayden, now 57 and living in Florida, was pardoned for his four 1977 drug-related convictions on November 2, 2010.

Janet Carol Howard
In December 2008, Janet Carol Howard, 65, of Utah was convicted of harassment and disorderly conduct following an incident at the Lihu'e Airport in which she confronted Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel, would not stop yelling and slapped a TSA agent. She has had no other arrest or conviction. Howard was pardoned on December 2, 2010.

Hui-Hsiang (Emily) Hsu
Hui-Hsiang (Emily) Hsu, 52, of Pearl City, was found guilty in May 2002 on one count of theft in the second degree, for falsely claiming unemployment insurance benefits in excess of $300. She was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,827. She paid off the restitution in 2002 and in October 2005 obtained a court order for early release and termination of her probation. She has no other criminal record. Hsu was pardoned on August 3, 2010.

Gavin Toshima Hubbard
In March 1996, at the age of 29, Gavin Toshima Hubbard was convicted of criminal trespass in the first degree and sentenced to one year probation and a $500 fine. This is his only arrest and conviction. Hubbard, now 44 and living in Kane'ohe, was pardoned with authority to bear firearms on November 24, 2010.

Douglas Kalei Hurdle
When Douglas Kalei Hurdle was 18 years old, he was arrested for criminal trespass in the first degree and for burglary in the second degree. These arrests resulted in a conviction of criminal trespass in the first degree, a misdemeanor, on January 18, 1981. Two days later on January 22, 1981, he was convicted for simple trespass, a violation. In March 1981, he was again convicted of simple trespass as well as resisting arrest. In September 1981, he was arrested for two counts of robbery in the first degree for serving as a lookout in a robbery. He pled guilty to both counts. He has had no other arrests over the past 28 years. Hurdle was pardoned on December 2, 2010.

Earl Kamaka Jeremiah
In August 1955, when Earl Kamaka Jeremiah was 23 years old, he was charged with having sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 16 on three occasions between July and August 1954. The 15-year-old girl admitted to police that she had told Jeremiah that she was 18 years old. Jeremiah was convicted of a Class C felony sex offense and sentenced to five years probation. Jeremiah was previously arrested in February 1955 for burglary, but was not convicted. It has been 50 years since Jeremiah's discharge from probation and he has had no other convictions. Jeremiah, now 78 and living in Hilo, was pardoned on September 1, 2010.

Michael Ray Johnson
In 1983, Michael Ray Johnson, who was then 24, was found guilty for promoting dangerous drugs in the second degree after he picked up a parcel from a delivery company containing 23.53 grams of cocaine. He was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, five years probation and fined $1,000. Johnson has been arrest-free since 1983. Johnson, who now lives in Washington State, was pardoned on November 19, 2010.

Jamyn Kalani Kaku
Jamyn Kalani Kaku, 56, was convicted of burglary in the first degree in August 1981 and placed on five years probation. The only other conviction on his record is for a misdemeanor traffic violation in 1972. When Kaku was between 18 and 26 years of age, he had four prior arrests for burglary in the first degree, narcotics possession, gambling and being offensively armed, but all of these charges were dismissed. Since his conviction for burglary in the first degree 29 years ago, Kaku has had no other criminal incident. Kaku, who currently lives in Arizona, was pardoned on November 9, 2010.

Dusty Puanani Kamoku
Dusty Puanani Kamoku, also known as Lehua K. Kamoku, was convicted in March 1979 of prostitution, a misdemeanor, and was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence. This was Kamoku's only conviction. Kamoku, 57, of Honolulu, was pardoned with express authority to bear firearms on November 26, 2010.

Durand Mauna Kealanahele
Durand Mauna Kealanahele, 65, of Waipahu, was convicted of larceny theft in January 1967 after stolen welding cables were found in the back of his truck. He was sentenced to five years probation. In April that same year, he was arrested for removing a radiator from what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle. He was found guilty of larceny theft and sentenced to 90 days confinement, a $100 fine and 90 days suspended sentence. He has had no other arrests or convictions in the past 43 years. Kealanahele was pardoned with express authority to carry firearms on November 19, 2010.

Dorothy Otsumi (aka Faalafua) Keolanui
Dorothy Otsumi (aka Faalafua) Keolanui, 78, of Honolulu, has had six convictions. Four of the convictions were for misdemeanor offenses, including disorderly conduct (1960), being drunk in public (1962 and 1966) and larceny under $5 (1972). Two convictions were for petty misdemeanor offenses, including disorderly conduct (1965) and theft in the third degree (1983). She was acquitted on March 20, 1992 of theft in the fourth degree, a petty misdemeanor, due to mental incapacity. Keolanui has had no criminal incident since 1992. Keolanui was granted a pardon on September 1, 2010.

Everett Kuikahi
In June 1994, Everett Kuikahi was arrested for assault in the third degree following an argument with his wife in which he grabbed her from behind, spun her around, choked her and threw her to the ground. He was found guilty and sentenced to one day of confinement and one year of probation. Kuikahi also had two criminal contempt of court convictions in December 1986 and one misdemeanor conviction for harbors-related violation in April 1987. He has 11 other arrests including one criminal contempt of court, abuse of a family member and terroristic threatening. His last arrest was for abuse of a family member in July 1995. That charge was dismissed without prejudice. He has had no other arrests since then. Kuikahi, now 53 and living in Texas with his wife, the victim in the 1994 incident, was pardoned on November 26, 2010.

Theodore Lacaden, Sr.
Theodore Lacaden, Sr., 74, of Pearl City, had seven convictions between 1957 and 1985, six of which were misdemeanors and the last one a petty misdemeanor. In 1957, when he was 20 years old, Lacaden was convicted of assault in the third degree as a result of a fight and sentenced to three months of confinement and 13 months suspended sentence. Thirteen years later, in August 1972, Lacaden was found guilty of gambling (cockfighting) and fined $25. In October 1972, he was found guilty of all other offenses and fined $20 for yelling at another person from a parked car and then lunging at that person. In March 1975, he was convicted of possession of gambling devices and fined $15. Two months later, Lacaden was convicted of cruelty to animals and possession of a gambling device after admitting to being part of the crew at a cockfight. He was fined $50 and $25, respectively. In July 1985, Lacaden was found guilty of driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor. His license was suspended for 90 days and he was fined $200. He has had no other arrests or convictions since 1985. Lacaden was pardoned on November 9, 2010.

Woletta Bobette Laufenberg
Woletta Bobette Laufenberg, 59, was found guilty of larceny theft for shoplifting items totaling $13.64 from a department store in October 1969. She was sentenced to 10 days confinement, a $25 fine and 10 days suspended sentence. She was 18 years old at the time of her conviction. She has had no other arrests or convictions. Laufenberg, now living in California, was pardoned on November 9, 2010.

Shirley E. Mapson
Shirley E. Mapson, 66, was arrested eight times between 1976 and 1984, resulting in eight convictions which included one felony (larceny theft) and seven misdemeanors (four larceny theft, one theft in the second degree, and two criminal contempt of court). Mapson committed her first offense when she was 22 years old. Following her last conviction in 1985, Mapson has been a law-abiding citizen for the past 25 years. Mapson, who now lives on Maui, was pardoned on August 3, 2010.

Juan C. Marti
In August 1998, Juan C. Marti, then 22 years old, was convicted of harassment, a petty misdemeanor, and sentenced to six months probation. He has no other arrests or convictions. Marti, now 34 and living in New Jersey, was pardoned on November 12, 2010.

Levin Akira Matsukawa
In July 1990, the Honolulu Police Department served a summons on Levin Akira Matsukawa, who was then 21 years old, for terroristic threatening in the second degree. He pled guilty in October 1991 and was sentenced to one year probation. Matsukawa also had eight arrests between 1987 to 1993 for contempt of court, with six convictions. He also has a conviction for liquor violation involving a minor and mandatory use of seatbelt. Matsukawa, now 42, was pardoned on December 1, 2010.

George F. Medeiros
George F. Medeiros, 32, was convicted twice for theft in the fourth degree (shoplifting) - once in May 1999 at the age of 21 and once a year later in May 2000. Both times he pled guilty and paid a fine of $50. He had two prior arrests. In 1996, at the age of 18, he was arrested for criminal property damage in the third degree and criminal trespass for possibly spraying graffiti on a building. These cases were dismissed due to lack of prosecution by the complainant. Medeiros was also arrested in 1998 for criminal property damage in the fourth degree. Medeiros, who recently moved to Maui, has not had any other arrests since 2000. He was pardoned on August 23, 2010.

Edward Francis Murphy, Sr.
Edward Francis Murphy, Sr., 65, was 19 years old in May 1964 when he was found guilty of the felony offense of having sex with a minor under the age of 16. He was sentenced to 10 years confinement and five years probation, however his confinement was suspended and he was discharged from probation in May 1966. On July 7, 1989, he received a full and free pardon from Governor John Waihe'e; however, the pardon excluded his use and possession of firearms. He has led a law-abiding life for the past 46 years. Murphy, who has lived in Florida since 1975, was granted a pardon with express authorization to carry a firearm on August 3, 2010.

Heather Maile O'Connell
Heather Maile O'Connell was found guilty in November 1992 on two counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance, a Class C felony, and was sentenced to five years probation for each count to run concurrently. The cases stemmed back to 1990 when a pharmacist reported receiving a forged prescription and contacted the State of Hawaii Narcotics Enforcement Division. O'Connell was 23 at the time. In 1988, O'Connell was arrested for reckless driving, a misdemeanor, as well as driving under the influence, a petty misdemeanor. She informed the arresting police officer that she had just been released from a drug/alcohol treatment program. Her blood-alcohol test resulted in a reading of .000%. O'Connell was released and not charged for driving under the influence case. The charge of reckless driving was subsequently dismissed. O'Connell, who now lives in Florida, was pardoned on October 6, 2010.

Diane Elizabeth Patalano
Diane Elizabeth Patalano, 54, has a total of 32 arrests and 30 convictions between 1974 and 1988. The convictions include one felony, 14 misdemeanors, 14 petty misdemeanors and one violation. The incidents, which started when she was 18 years old, include open lewdness, promoting a detrimental drug, prostitution, theft in the third degree, criminal trespass, criminal property damage, larceny theft, criminal contempt and robbery in the second degree. In June 1994, Patalano received an expungement for 13 arrests. One month later on July 21, 1995, Governor Ben Cayetano pardoned her for her 1987 felony robbery conviction. Now living in California, Patalano has been arrest-and-conviction-free for the past 20 years. Patalano was pardoned for her 29 misdemeanors, petty misdemeanors and violation on November 5, 2010.

Judith (Crowder) Rice
Judith (Crowder) Rice committed non-violent crimes between 1976 and 1977 when she was 20 and 21 years old. They include larceny theft for shoplifting, forgery in the second degree, and contempt of court (four separate counts). Now 54 years old and living in California, Rice has not had any further criminal history since her convictions over 33 years ago. Rice was pardoned with express authority to bear firearms on December 1, 2010.

Dorothy Heide Robinson
Dorothy Heide Robinson, 51, has two nearly 40-year-old shoplifting convictions; one from 1971 and one from 1973. For the 1971 incident, Robinson was sentenced to 30 days confinement, a $250 fine, and a 30-day suspended sentence. For the 1973 conviction, she was ordered to pay a $20 fine. She has not had any arrests since her 1973 conviction. Robinson, now living in Tennessee, was pardoned with express authority to bear firearms on November 26, 2010.

Steven Rosenberg
In January 1990, Steven Rosenberg was found guilty of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree. He was sentenced to six months confinement, a $10,000 fine and five years probation. He served his confinement concurrently with time he was serving in a boot camp program in Idaho. Rosenberg also performed community service to fulfill a portion of the fine imposed by the Court. Rosenberg has had six prior arrests for drug paraphernalia, promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree and registration of a firearm (four times). None of these six arrests resulted in a conviction. Rosenberg, now 58 and living in California, was pardoned on October 18, 2010.

Thomas Matthew Ryan
In April 1971, Thomas Matthew Ryan was arrested and convicted for misdemeanor theft after a security camera recorded him removing parts from a car at a shopping center. He was sentenced to 15 days confinement with 15 days suspended, and a $50 fine with $35 suspended. It has been over 39 years since Ryan's singular arrest and conviction for an act he committed when he was 19 years old. Ryan was pardoned on August 3, 2010. On December 1, 2010, Governor Lingle amended Ryan's pardon to include express authority to bear firearms.

Gerald Wayne San Clemente
Gerald Wayne San Clemente, 48, was ticketed by Maui police for driving without insurance in the mid-1980s. Because he failed to provide proof obtaining insurance coverage, his driver's license was suspended. In April 1989, he was arrested for driving with a suspended license. Clemente was found guilty of violating the Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act and sentenced to a $55 fine. Other than a 2001 ticket for a seatbelt violation, which was dismissed by the court, Clemente has maintained a law-abiding life. Clemente, now living in Honolulu, was pardoned with express authority to bear firearms on November 23, 2010.

Terry Michael Scott
Terry Michael Scott, 56, of New Mexico, was granted a pardon in 1994 for his crimes of theft in the first degree and two counts of negotiating with a worthless instrument. His record shows he has been arrest and conviction free since July 1989. Governor Lingle granted Scott's request to amend his previous pardon to include express authority to bear firearms on November 30, 2010.

Thomas Jonah Kalani Tokioka

Thomas Jonah Kalani Tokioka, 52, was convicted of assault in the third degree nearly 30 years ago. The 1982 incident resulted from an altercation during a domestic dispute in which Tokioka, who was 24, punched an off-duty police officer who intervened in a situation between Tokioka and his girlfriend. Tokioka was also arrested in 1967 on a drug-related offense, but was not convicted. He has maintained a clean record since the 1982 incident. Tokioka of Kapa'a was pardoned with express authorization to bear firearms on November 9, 2010.

Danielle Chloe Tucker
In 1991, Danielle Chloe Tucker, 57, of Honolulu, was charged with six counts of promoting dangerous drugs in the first degree, Class A felonies, after she attempted to sell cocaine to a plainclothes undercover police officer on six occasions between the months of April and June 1991. She was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years probation for each conviction, a $5,000 fine for one conviction and restitution between $288 and $600 for five convictions. Tucker has four other drug-related arrests between August 1990 and June 1991, in which she was either released or discharged. In addition, a larceny theft arrest in 1976 was also discharged. Except for two traffic citations in 2001 and one in 2008, she has had no other arrests, convictions, outstanding warrants or criminal infractions for the past 19 years. Tucker was pardoned on November 22, 2010.

Kelsey John Valenciano
In January 1975, Kelsey John Valenciano was found guilty of theft in the second degree, a Class C felony, after Hilo police found a stolen motorcycle and marijuana in his home. Two drug-related charges were dismissed. Valenciano, who was 22 at the time of his arrest, has no other arrests or convictions. Valenciano, now 58 and living in Texas, was pardoned on August 3, 2010.

Paul Dennis Watanabe
Paul Dennis Watanabe, 62, has had 52 arrests and 28 convictions over a 30-year period between 1966 and 1996. His criminal convictions consist of eight petty misdemeanors, 16 misdemeanors and 4 felonies. Watanabe's crimes began at the age of 19 with a home invasion and burglary, and also included shoplifting, larceny theft, contempt of court, and a narcotic drug offense. His sentences include two six-month jail terms, jail time ranging from four to 30 days, suspended sentences and monetary fines. Although he is a repeat offender, Watanabe has remained law-abiding for over 14 years since his last conviction in 1996. Watanabe was pardoned on September 10, 2010.

 






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