Brownback issues pardon for man convicted of felony theft

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive pardon to a man convicted of felony theft in 1994. It's the first and only pardon signed by the governor.

Mark Schmitt was convicted of felony theft stemming from a false insurance claim amounting to $1,551.64. At the time, Schmitt was a 19-year-old college student living in Ottawa.

"After his conviction, he completed a sentence involving probation and restitution, and has maintained a record of good conduct in the 23 years since," a release from the governor's office said. "Franklin County District Court previously expunged his conviction and his pardon request was favorably recommended by the Prisoner Review Board."

Schmitt first sought a pardon under the Parkinson administration, but his application was lost and he reapplied. He currently lives in Parker, Colorado.

“This request for clemency was unanimously supported at all levels of the process. He has demonstrated he is a man of character, having already paid his debt to society, having had his criminal record expunged, and having worked through the process of requesting a pardon, and proving the worthiness of his request at every step."

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