Presidential Pardons: Obama 2015-2016

DECEMBER 18 2015
NAME                               DISTRICT              SENTENCE                    OFFENCE
Jon Dylan Girard            S.D. OH                2002                           Making counterfeit obligations, 18 U.S.C. § 471

Melody Eileen Homa,  fka Melody Eileen Childress       E.D. VA     1991     Aiding and abetting bank fraud, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1344 and 2

JANRUARY 16 2016

Khosrow Afghahi   Offenses: Conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S. C. §1705; violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. § 1705; conspiracy to commit money laundering, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(a)(2)(A), (a)(2)(B)(1), & (h); money laundering 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(2)(A) and (B)(1)
District: Southern District of Texas
Terms of Grant:
Pardon recipient is granted a full pardon for the above charged offenses, conditioned upon the following terms: 1) the pardon recipient shall waive and release any and all claims, demands, rights, and causes of action of whatsoever kind and nature against the United States of America, its agents, servants, and employees, including any actions challenging his convictions or sentence; and 2) the pardon recipient shall not accept or otherwise receive any financial benefit, directly or indirectly, in any manner or amount, from any book, movie, or other publication or production, in any form or media, about his situation.

Tooraj Faridi:  Offenses: Conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S. C. §1705; violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (two counts), 50 U.S.C. § 1705
District: Southern District of Texas
Terms of Grant:
Pardon recipient is granted a full pardon for the above charged offenses, conditioned upon the following terms: 1) the pardon recipient shall waive and release any and all claims, demands, rights, and causes of action of whatsoever kind and nature against the United States of America, its agents, servants, and employees, including any actions challenging his convictions or sentence; and 2) the pardon recipient shall not accept or otherwise receive any financial benefit, directly or indirectly, in any manner or amount, from any book, movie, or other publication or production, in any form or media, about his situation.

Nima Golestaneh: Offenses: Wire fraud (four counts),18 U.S.C. §§ 2 and 1343; conspiracy to access a computer without authorization, 18 U.S.C. § 371; accessing a computer without authorization, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2, 1030(a)(2) & (c)(2)(B)(iii)
District: District of Vermont
Terms of Grant:
Pardon recipient is granted a full pardon for the above charged offenses, conditioned upon the following terms: 1) the pardon recipient shall waive and release any and all claims, demands, rights, and causes of action of whatsoever kind and nature against the United States of America, its agents, servants, and employees, including any actions challenging his convictions or sentence; and 2) the pardon recipient shall not accept or otherwise receive any financial benefit, directly or indirectly, in any manner or amount, from any book, movie, or other publication or production, in any form or media, about his situation.

Bahram Mechanic:  Offenses:  Conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S. C. §1705; violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (eleven counts), 50 U.S.C. § 1705; conspiracy to commit money laundering, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(a)(2)(A) & (B)(1) and 1956(h); money laundering (eight counts), 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(a)(2)(A) and (B)(1); willful failure to file Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial accounts (FBARs), 31 U.S. C. §§ 5314 and 5322
District:  Southern District of Texas
Terms of Grant:
Pardon recipient is granted a full pardon for the above charged offenses, conditioned upon the following terms: 1) the pardon recipient shall waive and release any and all claims, demands, rights, and causes of action of whatsoever kind and nature against the United States of America, its agents, servants, and employees, including any actions challenging his convictions or sentence; and 2) the pardon recipient shall not accept or otherwise receive any financial benefit, directly or indirectly, in any manner or amount, from any book, movie, or other publication or production, in any form or media, about his situation.

December 19 2016

Ryan Michael Ashbrook     Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute approximately 56 pounds of marijuana
District/Date: Southern District of Texas; September 8, 2000
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon six months’ home confinement and performance of 200 hours of community service

Robert Spencer Baines    Offense:   Conspiracy to possess, possession with intent to distribute over 1,000 pounds of marijuana
District/Date: District of Maine; July 31, 1986
Sentence: Six years’ imprisonment

Roy Darrell Benson  Offense:  Bank fraud
District/Date:  District of Oregon; January 30, 1995
Sentence: 18 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release; $50,000 restitution

Theresa Marie Bishop, aka Teresa Clark     Offense:  Knowingly disposing of a firearm to a person convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year (three counts); falsification of firearms purchase forms (two counts)
District/Date: Western District of Pennsylvania; December 8, 2006
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon one year of home detention

Tavia Dion Blume  Offense: Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; use of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense
District/Date: District of Montana; May 21, 1999
Sentence: 42 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (as amended July 12, 1999)

Bob Edward Bone   Offense:   Conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine
District/Date:  Eastern District of Missouri; May 2, 2006
Sentence: One year and one day of imprisonment; two years’ supervised release

Philip Stephen Brown, aka Phil Brown   Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine
District/Date: District of Wyoming; May 11, 2000
Sentence: Five months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release, including five months’ home confinement

Jesse Daniel Burgher, aka Jessie Burgher   Offense: Possession with intent to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana
District/Date: Southern District of Florida; September 8, 1989
Sentence: 60 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release

Caryn Lynn Camp, fka Caryn Lynn Camp-Kenworthy     Offense:   Wire fraud (10 counts); mail fraud (two counts); conspiracy to steal trade secrets; conspiracy to transport stolen goods; interstate transportation of stolen goods
District/Date:  District of Maine; December 7, 1999
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $7,500 restitution

Randy Dale Cantu  Offense:  Conspiracy; falsely making and forging endorsement on government bonds
District/Date: Southern District of Georgia; February 8, 1978
Sentence: Five years’ probation; $169.80 restitution

James Randolph Carter   Offense: Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute
District/Date: Northern District of Oklahoma; May 30, 1991
Sentence: 60 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (as amended May 15, 1997)

Dolly Ann Chamberlain, aka Dolly Ann Taylor  Offense: Conversion of government money
District/Date: Eastern District of California; September 23, 2002
Sentence: 36 months’ probation, including 180 days of home confinement; $3,000 fine; $82,673.06 restitution

Tietti Onette Chandler, aka Tietti Chandler-Shelton   Offense:   Embezzlement of mail matter by a postal employee
District/Date: Northern District of Mississippi; April 1, 1999
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon the performance of 150 hours of community service

Larry Wayne Childress, Jr.   Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine (two counts)
District/Date: Eastern District of Arkansas; March 6, 1997
Sentence: One day of imprisonment; four years’ supervised release, including 12 months’ home detention (as amended November 13, 1997)

Kristi Lynn Coe, aka Kristi Lynn Coe-Hagan, fka Kristi Hinshaw   Offense: Mail fraud (mistakenly listed in the judgment as mail theft)
District/Date: Middle District of North Carolina; October 11, 2001
Sentence: Five years’ probation, conditioned upon four months’ home confinement; $17,785.72 restitution

Melissa Rae Conley, fka Melissa Faith   Offense: Aiding and abetting distribution of a detectable amount of methamphetamine
District/Date: Western District of Texas; January 24, 2007
Sentence: 18 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release

Christopher John Darville  Offense: Making false statements to a federally insured financial institution
District/Date: Middle District of Louisiana; November 27, 2001
Sentence: One day of imprisonment; three years’ supervised release conditioned on three months’ home detention; $2,000 fine

Amanda Kucharski DeBlauw, fka Amanda Richmond   Offense:  Distribution of heroin
District/Date: District of New Hampshire; November 29, 1999
Sentence: Five months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release, conditioned upon 11 months’ home detention

Lehi Victoria Dickey, aka Lahi Dickey, fka Lehi Dickey Bryant  OffenseBank embezzlement
District/Date: Northern District of California; September 13, 1985
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $1,000 fine

Ronald Lee Eyler  Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute in excess of one kilogram of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine
District/Date: District of Maryland; March 9, 1992
Sentence: Two years’ imprisonment

Michael Anthony Facchiano, JrOffense:  Mail fraud (two counts)
District/Date: Western District of Pennsylvania; February 22, 1985
Sentence: Six months’ imprisonment; five years’ probation; $2,000 fine

Theresa Renee Gardley, fka Theresa Renee Naper, fka Theresa Renee Thornton
Offense: Unlawful use of an unauthorized access device
District/Date: Southern District of Texas; December 9, 1988
Sentence: Three years’ imprisonment, suspended; five years’ probation, conditioned upon 200 hours of community service; $6,411 restitution

Karim Riad Georgy  Offense: Acquiring and possessing controlled substances by fraud, deception, or subterfuge
District/Date: Middle District of Florida; November 6, 2001
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $1,500 fine; $1,000 restitution (as amended January 28, 2002)

Donald Lee Gilbert   Offense:  Interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle
District/Date:  District of Maine; October 19, 1964
Sentence: Two years’ probation

Pamela Ann Golemba  Offense:   Conspiracy to export cocaine
District/Date: District of Connecticut; December 15, 1989
Sentence: Three years’ probation, including six months’ house arrest; $2,500 fine

Richard Allen Graham   Offense: Destruction of mail matter by a postal employee
District/Date: Middle District of Florida; December 19, 2008
Sentence: One year of probation, including 25 hours of community service

Bobby Joseph Guidry, aka Bob Guidry   Offense: Conspiracy to import marijuana; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana
District/Date: Southern District of Mississippi; March 4, 1988
Sentence: Three years’ imprisonment; five years’ probation; $1,000 fine

Edward John Hartman  Offense: Conspiracy (submitting false and fraudulent documents to FHA and VA)
District/Date: District of New Jersey; July 11, 1986
Sentence: Four months’ imprisonment; three years’ probation; $3,000 fine; unspecified restitution

William Bernie Heckle, Jr., aka Billy Heckle   Offense: Falsifying medical prescriptions and illegally dispensing controlled substances (Schedule II through Schedule V); dispensing prescription medication without a legitimate written order from a prescribing physician
District/Date: District of South Carolina; December 4, 1996
Sentence: 18 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release

Juleen Nicole Henry   Offense: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
District/Date: Eastern District of Michigan; April 23, 2001
Sentence: Time served (115 days’ imprisonment); two years’ supervised release

James Ralph Hoeckelman  OffenseConspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana
District/Date: Western District of Pennsylvania; April 10, 1992
Sentence: 30 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (as amended April 18, 1997)

Ralph Allen Hoekstra, aka Ralph Alan Hoekstra   Offense:  Importing wildlife contrary to law
District/Date:  Central District of California; January 19, 2005
Sentence: One year of probation; $5,000 fine

Samuel Wesley Howze, aka Sala Udin  Offense:  Unlawfully transporting firearms; possession of untax paid distilled spirits
District/Date: Western District of Kentucky; November 20, 1970
Sentence:  Five years’ imprisonment

Herman Lamont Jackson  Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and cocaine (two counts)
District/Date: Northern District of Ohio; March 29, 1999
Sentence: 63 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release; $2,000 fine

Mark Edward Johnson   Offense:  Conspiracy to import more than 100 kilograms of marijuana
District/Date:  Western District of Texas; April 6, 2004
Sentence: 24 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release, conditioned upon 200 hours of community service

Cathy Mae Jones, aka Cathy Mae Bennett  Offense: Conspiracy
District/Date: District of New Mexico; September 14, 2006
Sentence: Time served (nine days’ imprisonment); five years’ supervised release; $1,423.50 restitution

Fabius Romero Jones   OffenseTheft from interstate shipment
District/Date: Northern District of California; August 24, 1977
Sentence: One year of probation; $100 fine

Ricky Eugene Jones   Offense:  Conspiracy to manufacture 5 grams or more of methamphetamine; attempt to manufacture 5 grams or more of methamphetamine; maintaining a place for manufacture of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute less than 5 grams of methamphetamine
District/Date: District of New Mexico; September 14, 2006
Sentence: Time served (42 days’ imprisonment); five years’ supervised release; $1,423.50 restitution

James Harold Keaton  Offense: Possession of a stolen firearm
District/Date: Western District of Virginia; November 9, 2007
Sentence: 30 months’ probation, conditioned upon 50 hours of community service

Dean Robert Kondo   Offense: Possession of counterfeit currency
District/Date: Northern District of California; July 19, 2000
Sentence: 12 months and one day of imprisonment; three years’ supervised release

Mary Ann Krauser, fka Mary Ann Iron Shield   Offense:  Involuntary manslaughter
District/Date: District of North Dakota; June 1, 1982
Sentence: Three years’ imprisonment, suspended; five years’ probation

Emmanuel Gabriel Leeper  Offense: Possession with intent to distribute marijuana
District/Date: Eastern District of Missouri; April 9, 1993
Sentence: 151 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release

Keith Alan Little  Offense: Interception of electronic communications
District/Date: Western District of Texas; June 14, 1990
Sentence: Five years’ probation, including four months in a halfway house; $10,000 fine

Victoria Hunter Lowe   Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine
District/Date: Western District of Texas; July 18, 2006
Sentence: 46 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release

Dawn Mascari, fka Dawn Steponavich  Offense:  Aiding and abetting in illegal gambling operation

District/Date: District of Connecticut; April 23, 2002
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon two months’ home confinement; $2,000 fine

James Willie McGrady, Jr.  Offense: Distribution of cocaine and aiding and abetting; distribution of cocaine in excess of 500 grams and aiding and abetting; possession of a firearm in the commission of a drug trafficking crime
District/Date: Eastern District of North Carolina; April 11, 1989
Sentence: 37 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine; $1,000 restitution (as amended May 3, 1990)

John Frederick McNeely, Jr.   Offense: Receiving counterfeit government obligations
District/Date: Central District of California; July 27, 1970
Sentence: Three years’ probation

Kenneth Shannon Meadows, aka Kenny Shannon Meadows
Offense: Manufacture, assemble, modify, sell and distribute electronic devices for the unauthorized decryption of direct-to-home satellite television services
District/Date: Western District of Kentucky; August 25, 200
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon six months’ home confinement; $36,424 restitution (3)

Roger Delos Melius   Offense:  Conspiracy to submit false statements
District/Date: District of South Dakota; October 11, 2007
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $87,712.91 restitution (as amended December 17, 2007)

Samuel Nyamongo Mongare   Offense: Possession of false identification documents with intent to defraud the United States
District/Date: Western District of Texas; March 27, 2001
Sentence: Four months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release

Steven Odell Moon   Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess phenylacetic acid
District/Date: Northern District of Texas; January 24, 1991
Sentence: 60 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release

George Bernard Moran   Offense: Conspiracy to import a substantial amount of marijuana into the United States; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute an amount of marijuana over 1,000 pounds; subscribing to a false United States Income Tax Return
District/Date: District of Maine; May 11, 1984
Sentence: Eight years’ imprisonment

Thomas Whitfield Morris, Jr.   Offense: Conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States
District/Date: District of South Carolina; August 26, 1992
Sentence: Five years’ probation, conditioned upon 300 hours of community service

Christopher Muratore    Offense:   Devising a scheme to defraud the United States of money and property and devising a scheme to deprive the United States Bankruptcy Court and the citizens of the United States of honest services
District/Date: Middle District of Florida; September 25, 2001
Sentence: 36 months’ probation, including six months’ home detention; $107,850 restitution

Serena Denise Nunn   Offense:  Aiding and abetting in the attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine
District/Date: District of Minnesota; April 11, 1990
Sentence: 188 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (sentence commuted)

Francis Joseph O’Hara, Sr.   Offense: Conspiracy to restrain, suppress and eliminate competition by rigging bids; conspiracy with others to knowingly and willfully make and use false documents containing false statements in matters within the jurisdiction of the Defense Personnel Support Command
District/Date: District of Maine; September 13, 1991
Sentence: Six months’ imprisonment; two years’ supervised release; $200,000 fine; $950,000 restitution

James Allen Palmatier   Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine (mistakenly listed in the judgment as possession of cocaine)
District/Date: Northern District of Alabama; September 21, 1989
Sentence: 97 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release, conditioned upon 300 hours of community service

Allen Wayne Parker  Offense: Officer of U.S. stealing property of another
District/Date: Western District of Arkansas; May 1, 1991
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon an undetermined term of home confinement and five weekends of intermittent confinement; $1,000 fine

Robert Allen Petty  Offense:  Distribution of methamphetamine
District/Date: Western District of Oklahoma; April 4, 1994
Sentence: 33 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release

Benjamin Ramos   Offense: Conspiracy to transport and sell stolen goods (two counts)
District/Date: Southern District of New York; September 21, 2000
Sentence: Four years’ probation; $5,000 restitution

Erica Renee Ramos, fka Erica Renee DeVore, fka Erica Renee Ramirez
Offense:  Use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug felony
District/Date: Middle District of Florida; February 20, 2003
Sentence: Two years’ probation

Doretha Doreen Rhone   Offense: Theft
District/Date: District of Columbia; March 14, 1989
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $3,060 restitution

Adam Philip Ricciardiello    Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
District/Date: District of Vermont; July 1, 2002
Sentence: Time served; three months’ residence in a community confinement center; four years’ supervised release, conditioned upon 200 hours of community service; $5,000 fine (as amended July 3, 2002 and January 28, 2003)

Ramon Escalera Sanchez  Offense:  Possession of less than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute
District/Date: Eastern District of Washington; September 19, 2003
Sentence: 27 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release

Bryan Scot Sandquist    Offense: Felon in possession of a firearm
District/Date: District of Oregon; November 4, 2002
Sentence: 40 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release

Heidi Kay Schmidt, fka Heidi Kay Watt   Offense: Conspiracy to distribute controlled substance
District/Date: District of Nebraska; June 30, 2005
Sentence: 30 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release, conditioned upon 250 hours of community service (as amended April 12, 2006)

Allen Thompson Sherwood   Offense: Conduct unbecoming an officer (shoplifting)
District/Date: United States Air Force general court-martial convened at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; January 24, 1990
Sentence: Dismissal from service; four months’ confinement; forfeiture of $500 pay per month for four months; $5,000 fine

Kaseen Lathell Simmons, aka Ceno Smith   Offense: Possession with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana
District/Date: District of New Mexico; May 17, 1999
Sentence: 21 months’ imprisonment; two years’ supervised release

Brenda Lorene Sinclair, fka Brenda Lorene Pontius
Offense: Receiving, possessing, concealing and disposing of stolen money
District/Date: District of Oregon; October 27, 1986
Sentence: Ten years’ imprisonment; five years’ probation; $1,986 restitution

Michael Slavinsky   Offense: Misdemeanor illegal supplementation of salary by an employee of the United States
District/Date: District of Columbia; January 7, 1998
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon performance of 50 hours of community service; $10,000 restitution

Richard Earl Smout  Offense: Possession of stolen mail
District/Date: District of Utah; November 20, 2001
Sentence: Time served (77 days’ imprisonment) and two years’ supervised release

Robin Shelley Soodeen  Offense: Bank embezzlement
District/Date: District of Columbia; October 2, 2001
Sentence: Eight months’ halfway house confinement; five years’ supervised release; $49,000 restitution

Pamela Joy Stokes    Offense: False Statement
District/Date: Eastern District of Michigan; May 3, 2006
Sentence: Two years’ probation, conditioned upon 120 days’ home confinement

Joseph Eugene Swies  Offense: Forgery of postal money orders
District/Date: Western District of Wisconsin; July 27, 1984
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $1,259.71 restitution

Shari Dee Trompke    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
District/Date: District of Nebraska; April 17, 1997
Sentence: 36 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release

Jessica Ann Tyson, fka Jessica Ann Martin    Offense: Conspiracy to commit bank fraud
District/Date: Western District of Michigan; December 2, 1997
Sentence: Two years’ probation; $1,200 restitution

Robert Steven Warden  Offense: Simple possession of approximately two grams of heroin
District/Date: Central District of California; December 4, 1972
Sentence: One year of probation

Vera Mae Yurisich  Offense:  Perjury
District/Date: Eastern District of Washington; April 30, 2007
Sentence: Three months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE®

SOURCE: United States Department of Justice
CONTRIBUTOR: Eddy Toorall

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