Bush Pardons 17 Minor Criminals

President Bush pardoned 17 minor criminals Wednesday.

Most weren't even sentenced to prison. The longest sentence any of the 17 received was five years behind bars.

Bush has now issued 99 pardons and sentence commutations during five years and seven months in office, mainly to clear the name of people who committed relatively minor offenses and served their sentences long ago.

By comparison, Bill Clinton issued 457 in eight years in office; Bush's father, George H. W. Bush, issued 77 in four years in office; Ronald Reagan issued 406 in eight years, and Jimmy Carter issued 563 in four years. Since World War II, the largest number of pardons and commutations — 2,031 — was issued by Harry S. Truman, who served 82 days short of eight years.

Those pardoned Wednesday were:

—James Leon Adams, Simpsonville, S.C., selling firearms to out-of-state residents and falsifying firearms records. Sentenced Jan. 27, 1976, to two years probation and a $1,000 fine.

—Tony Dale Ashworth, Winnsboro, S.C., unlawful transfer of a firearm. Sentenced July 19, 1989, to three years probation conditioned on the performance of 300 hours community service.

—Randall Leece Deal, Clayton, Ga., liquor law violations and conspiracy to violate the liquor laws. Sentenced June 23, 1960, to two years probation and April 29, 1964, and May 8, 1964, to 18 months imprisonment, suspended, and two years probation.

—William Henry Eagle, Wenatchee, Wash., possessing an unregistered still, carrying on the business of a distiller without the required bond, and manufacturing mash on other than lawfully qualified premises. Sentenced March 23, 1972, to two years probation.

—Robert Carter Eversole, Summerville, Ga., conspiracy to commit theft from an interstate shipment. Sentenced June 18, 1984, to five years probation, with the special conditions that he pay $4,038 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.

—Kenneth Clifford Foner, Niobrara, Neb., conspiracy to impede the functions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., commit embezzlement as a bank officer, make false entries in the records of an FDIC-insured bank, and commit bank fraud. Sentenced July 19, 1991, to five years probation, conditioned upon performance of 1,000 hours of community service and payment of $17,750 in restitution.

—Victoria Diane Frost, Medina, Ohio, conspiracy to possess and distribute L-Ephedrine Hydrochloride. Sentenced April 25, 1994, to three years probation, including six months' home confinement, and fined $3,000.

—William Grover Frye, Indianapolis, Ind., absence without leave (two specifications), escape from lawful confinement, sale of a stolen motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Sentenced Oct. 3, 1968, by U.S. Army general court-martial to confinement at hard labor for one year, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a bad conduct discharge. Sentenced Oct. 15, 1973, in U.S. District Court to two years probation.

—Stanley Bernard Hamilton, Richton Park, Ill., altering U.S. postal money orders. Sentenced Sept. 13, 1990, to three years probation, conditioned upon confinement for 30 days in a community treatment center and payment of a $1,000 fine.

—Melodie Jean Hebert, Scituate, R.I., conspiracy to defraud the United States by making false claims. Sentenced Feb. 23, 1984, to two years probation, conditioned upon payment of $1,250 in restitution.

—James Ernest Kinard, Jr., Stuart, Fla., failure by a licensed firearms dealer to make appropriate entries in firearms records required to be kept by law (four counts); making false entries by a licensed firearms dealer in firearms records required to be kept by law. Sentenced March 26, 1984, to five years' probation conditioned upon performance of 1,000 hours community service and payment of restitution in an amount to be determined by the U.S. Probation Officer and a $12,000 fine.

—Devin Timothy Kruse, San Clemente, Calif., unauthorized absence. Sentenced Nov. 28, 1978, by U.S. Coast Guard special court-martial to reduction to pay grade E-2 and a $450 fine.

—Gerard Murphy, Rayne, La., theft of a motor vehicle from a U.S. Air Force base. Sentenced March 14, 1972, to one year probation.

—Joseph Mathew Novak, Kent, Ohio, possession and transfer of an illegal weapon. Sentenced Dec. 2, 1994, to two years probation, with the special condition that he serve six months home confinement, and a $2,000 fine.

—John Louis Ribando, Le Mars, Ia., possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana; importing marijuana. Sentenced Nov. 15, 1976, to five years imprisonment followed by five years special parole. Sentenced July 11, 1978, to six months confinement in a jail-type institution, 10 years special parole, and five years probation, conditioned upon performance of 1,200 hours of charitable work and payment of a $1,000 fine (to run consecutive to the first sentence).

—Edward Rodriguez Trevino, Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii, larceny. Sentenced Sept. 19, 1997 by U.S. Navy special court-martial to three months confinement, forfeiture of pay and allowance for three months, and reduction in pay grade.

—Jerry Dean Walker, Newark, Del., possession with intent to distribute cocaine Sentenced April 10, 1989, to three years imprisonment, as amended Oct. 19, 1989.