MADISON — Gov. Evers issued eight pardons on Friday after the Governor's Pardon Advisory Board made recommendations on Oct. 14.
Thanks to Gov. Evers, eight people will now gain back some of their rights that were lost when convicted of a felony.
“For so many of these individuals, their past record has held them back from achieving personal or career goals, and I look forward to seeing how they use this second chance to give back to their communities and our state," said Evers.
Evers released the names of those who were pardoned in a press release.
Dwight Allen, 36, was seeking a pardon for possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. He received those charges when he was 22. Since then, he has completed probation and lives in Georgia with his wife. Due to health conditions, he can no longer do labor-intensive work so he requested a pardon so he can work with his wife in the insurance business.
Cheryl Blazekovic, 59, requested a pardon for her role in stealing and selling hot tubs from a local business in 2004. She completed probation, paid her restitution in full and is now working as a paralegal. She would like a pardon so she can get her Notary license which her current employer says is necessary for her work.
Kathryn Morrow, 36, broke into her parents' home and was struggling with drug addiction when she was 23. She completed probation, extensive rehabilitation and received her bachelor's and master's degrees. She is seeking a pardon so she can pursue a career in healthcare.
Mark Scharhag, 52, was caught selling marijuana when he was 33. Scharhag completed probation, worked for the city of Milwaukee for 25 years and retired in 2017.
Candace Roundtree, 59, failed to report income from a part-time job while receiving public assistance from ages 20-23. She completed probation, paid her restitution in full and is now a sales manager and caregiver for her mother. She seeks a pardon in order to further advance her career.
Camillia Shareef, 51, failed to report income which lead to excess public assistance in her early 20s. Shareef completed probation, paid her restitution in full and works as a parking enforcement officer with the city of Milwaukee. She requested a pardon so that she too, can advance her career.
Doyle Sprewer, 45, was charged with possession of THC with the intent to deliver 16 years ago. He seeks a pardon in order to improve his chances of becoming a Milwaukee firefighter.
Annette Wilburn, 65, failed to report income when receiving public assistance nearly 30 years ago. Her restitution is paid in full and she seeks a pardon to maintain her license as a home childcare provider.
According to the release, the Wisconsin Constitution grants the governor the power to pardon individuals convicted of a crime.