One person originally sentenced in Imperial County was among those to earn...

One person originally sentenced in Imperial County was among those to earn pardons this Easter weekend.

Gov. Brown Grants 83 Pardons in California, 5 in RivCo

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced 83 pardons Sunday, according to the governor’s office.

A pardon by the governor may be given to individuals who have lived exemplary and productive lives following their conviction. A pardon must be earned, officials with the governor’s office said.

One person who committed crimes in Imperial County earned a pardon from the governor.

 James Patterson, a resident of Florida, was sentenced July 25, 1975, in the County of Imperial, for the crime of burglary. He served two years, three months probation. He was discharged on November 18, 1977, having completed his sentence. James Patterson submitted to the governor a formal application for executive clemency in the form of a gubernatorial pardon.He has shown that since his release from custody, he has lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character, and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen.

Officials with the governor’s office said all 83 people completed their sentences and have been released from prison for 10 years or more. All have been free of criminal convictions in the last 10 years. Each person obtained a Certificate of Rehabilitation, which is a document from a superior court stating the person who committed the crime is now rehabilitated.

With each pardon, records with the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are updated. The California Secretary of State and the legislature each have a record of the pardons, which are public records, according to the governor’s office.

Click here to read all 83 pardons.