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11 given pardons this year

Gov. Linda Lingle has pardoned 11 people so far this year, bringing her total to 88 since taking office, her office said yesterday.

Lingle said she carefully reviewed the pardon requests, which were also looked at by the Department of Public Safety, the Hawaii Paroling Authority and the Attorney General’s Office.

"The individuals broke the law, but they have served their sentences, kept their records clean and have proven that they are now leading law-abiding lives in the community," Lingle said in a news release.

Lingle did not pardon anyone last year and pardoned six in 2008.

According to the Governor’s Office, those pardoned are:

» Norman M.W. Pang, 65, of Waianae, who pleaded guilty to arguing with a shopkeeper in Waikiki and trying to attack police officers who arrived at the scene in 1972. He was pardoned May 17 with authority to bear firearms.

(Last year, Pang was accused by the Humane Society of mistreating hundreds of animals on his property. Pang had asked for help after his wife, Bonnie Pang, who was taking care of about 400 animals at her nonprofit Animal Haven, died. Prosecutors declined to prosecute.)

» Godfrey K.S.L. Akaka Jr., 40, of Molokai, who was convicted of firearms charges in 1999. He was pardoned April 30 with express authorization to bear firearms.

» Lovelyn K. Apilando, 49, of Kaneohe, was convicted of selling a quarter-ounce of cocaine in 1993. She turned her residence into a home for recovering female alcoholics and drug addicts in 2003 and sought the pardon to volunteer at the Women’s Community Correctional Center and bring Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings to the prison. She was pardoned April 30.

» Bernard D. Asuncion, 45, of Honolulu was pardoned for criminal contempt of court in 1992. He was pardoned May 17.

» James M. Bicket, 73, of Florida was convicted of writing his own prescription for drugs in 1971. He was pardoned May 11 to bear firearm.

» Steven A. Carman, 39, of Colorado was convicted of selling steroids to an undercover officer in 1993. He was pardoned April 19.

» Elizabeth B. Martin, 43, of Kaneohe was convicted for drug-related offenses in 1997. She was pardoned Wednesday.

» Joseph F. Medina, 59, of Keaau, Hawaii, was convicted of growing marijuana in his Kapaa, Kauai, home in 1996. He was pardoned Wednesday.

» Victor D.K. Nahinu, 45, of Ewa Beach was convicted of punching a bystander trying to break up a fight in Waikiki in 1984. He was pardoned May 10.

» Deanne P. Rezentes, 36, of Honolulu was pardoned Monday for her 2006 drunken-driving conviction.

» Lloyd M. Yamada, 64, of Wahiawa was pardoned Wednesday for three convictions: having sex with an underage girl in 1965, first-degree burglary in 1965 and reckless driving in 1984.


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