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Obama pardons man convicted of firearm charges

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama issued his first series of presidential pardons today, including one for a man who was convicted of possession of an unregistered firearm.

Larry Wayne Thornton of Forsyth, Ga., was sentenced to four years of probation for possession of an unregistered firearm” and “possession of a firearm without a serial number.”  He is one of 17 people pardoned today.

The pardon comes as Obama is emphasizing, as part of his gun control push, the need to know who is buying weapons.

“If you want to buy a gun — whether it’s from a licensed dealer or a private seller — you should at least have to show you are not a felon or somebody legally prohibited from buying one,” Obama said in January, adding that “We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals.  And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.”

Here is the full list of pardons:

President Obama Grants Pardons

 

WASHINGTON – Today President Barack Obama granted pardons to the following seventeen individuals:

 

  • Robert Leroy Bebee – Rockville, Maryland.

Offense: Misprision of a felony, 18 U.S.C. § 4.

Sentence:  Two years probation.

 

  • James Anthony Bordinaro – Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Offenses: Conspiracy to restrain, suppress, and eliminate competition in violation of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1; conspiracy to submit false statements, 18 U.S.C. § 371.

Sentence:  12 months imprisonment, three years supervised release and a $55,000 fine.

 

  • Kelli Elisabeth Collins – Harrison, Arkansas.

Offense: Aiding and abetting a wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343, 2.

Sentence:  Five years probation.

 

  • Edwin Hardy Futch, Jr. – Pembroke, Georgia.

            Offense: Theft from an interstate shipment, 18 U.S.C. §§ 659, 2.

Sentence:  Five years probation, $2,399.72 restitution.

 

  • Cindy Marie Griffith – Moyock, North Carolina.

            Offense: Distribution of satellite cable television decryption devices, 47 U.S.C.

§ 605(e)(4), 18 U.S.C. § 2.

Sentence:  Two years probation with 100 hours of community service.

 

  • Roy Eugene Grimes, Sr. – Athens, Tennessee.

            Offenses: Falsely altering a United States postal money order, 18 U.S.C. § 500; passing,

uttering, and publishing a forged and altered money order with intent to defraud,

18 U.S.C. § 500.

Sentence:  18 months probation.

 

  • Jon Christopher Kozeliski – Decatur, Illinois.

            Offense: Conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods, 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 2320.

Sentence:  One year of probation with six months of home confinement, $10,000 fine.

 

  • Jimmy Ray Mattison – Anderson, South Carolina.

            Offenses: Conspiracy to transport and cause the transportation of altered securities in

interstate commerce, 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 2314; transporting and causing the transportation

of altered securities in interstate commerce, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2314, 2.

Sentence:  Three years probation.

 

  • An Na Peng – Honolulu, Hawaii.

            Offense: Conspiracy to defraud the Immigration and Naturalization Service,

18 U.S.C. § 371.

Sentence:  Two years probation, $2,000 fine.

 

  • Michael John Petri – Montrose, South Dakota.

            Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled

substance (cocaine), 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a), 846.

Sentence:  Five years imprisonment, three years supervised release.

 

  • Karen Alicia Ragee – Decatur, Illinois.

            Offense: Conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods, 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 2320.

Sentence:  One year of probation with six months of home confinement, $2,500 fine.

 

  • Jamari Salleh – Alexandria, Virginia.

            Offense: False claims upon and against the United States, 18 U.S.C. §§ 287, 2.

Sentence:  Four years probation, $5,000 fine, $5,900 restitution.

 

  • Alfor Sharkey – Omaha, Nebraska.

            Offense: Unauthorized acquisition of food stamps, 7 U.S.C. § 2024(b)(1).

Sentence:  Three years probation with 100 hours of community service, $2,750 restitution.

 

  • Donald Barrie Simon, Jr. – Chattanooga, Tennessee.

            Offense: Aiding and abetting in the theft of an interstate shipment, 18 U.S.C. §§ 659, 2.

Sentence:  Two years imprisonment, three years probation.

 

  • Lynn Marie Stanek – Tualatin, Oregon.

            Offense: Unlawful use of a communication facility to distribute cocaine,

21 U.S.C. § 843(b).

Sentence:  Six months in jail, five years probation conditioned on residence in a

community treatment center for a period not to exceed one year.

 

  • Larry Wayne Thornton – Forsyth, Georgia.

            Offense: Possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C. §§ 5861(d), 5871; possession of

a firearm without a serial number, 26 U.S.C. §§ 5861(i), 5871.

Sentence:  Four years probation.

 

  • Donna Kaye Wright – Friendship, Tennessee.

            Offense: Embezzlement and misapplication of bank funds, 18 U.S.C. § 656.

Sentence:  54 days imprisonment, three years probation conditioned on performance of six hours of community service per week.

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