Two Butte County Convicts Among the 59 Pardoned by Gov. Brown

Mar 25, 2016 6:02 PM by News Staff

(AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown Friday announced the granting of 59 pardons, in keeping with his tradition of giving pardons to convicted offenders around major Christian holidays including Easter.

Two of those pardons included two men convicted in Butte County: William Paul Brown, who now lives in Colorado. Brown was sentenced in 1995 for transporting, possession of controlled substances and manufacturing or selling a dangerous weapon. He was discharged in 1999.

Gov. Brown also pardoned Curtis Eugene Nobles, who was sentenced in 2001 on drug charges. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation. Nobles, who lives in California, was discharged in 2004.

All those granted Good Friday pardons have already completed their sentences. Most were originally convicted of nonviolent drug or property crimes. None are as high-profile as actor Robert Downey Jr., whom Brown pardoned before Christmas.

The Democratic governor is a former Jesuit seminarian. He says in a statement that the pardons recognize that people can turn their lives around after making mistakes.

A gubernatorial pardon does not erase a conviction. However, state and federal law enforcement agencies are informed and the pardon becomes a public record. California's longest-serving governor has issued more than 1,100 pardons, including about 400 during his first two terms decades ago.


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