CONCORD, N.H. – A New Hampshire auto shop owner facing deportation to Lebanon is seeking a pardon for crimes he committed as a teenager 14 years ago.
Thirty-four-year-old Alain Ata came to the U.S. at age 10. He spent several years in prison for burglary, conspiracy and receiving stolen property incidents when he was 18, and is seeking a pardon that will allow him to remain in the country.
In a letter to state officials, Ata says he made mistakes as a youth, but has matured and worked hard to find purpose in life. He owns an auto repair shop in Manchester and says he doesn't want to be torn away from everything he loves.
The Executive Council on Wednesday delayed action on whether Ata deserves a pardon hearing. Prosecutors oppose his request.