ALBANY, NY—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo granted clemency to 29 illegal immigrants serving time for committing crimes in the United States and who were facing deportation.
According to Governor of New York website, Cuomo granted clemency to the individuals who he noted “demonstrated substantial evidence of rehabilitation.”
Siriaco Concepcion Santana, 67, from the Dominican Republic, Gil Guillen, 52, from the Dominican Republic, Laith Altaee, 47, from Iraq, Socrates Brito, 42, from the Dominican Republic, John Ghedini, 67, from Mexico, Ricardo Bernabeu, 59, from Cuba, Olive Ferguson, 75, from Jamaica, Anthony Khan, 66, from Trinidad, Rohan Hylton, 47, from Jamaica, Ramon Vivieca, 40, from the Dominican Republic, Manuel Vidal Antigua, 38, from the Dominican Republic, Doris Yeara Hutchinson, 74, from the Dominican Republic, Kerrone Kay-Parks, 33, of Jamaica, Rachel Lewis, 50, of the United Kingdom, Jeremy Grant, 58, of Jamaica, and Trevor Elliot, 67, from Jamaica were all pardoned on various drug charges.
Others pardoned included:
Boaz Bag-Bag, 53, from Isreal who was convicted of Trademark Counterfeiting in the Second Degree.
Dimas Acosta Ramirez, 64, was convicted of robbery in the third degree in 1976, Petit Larceny in 1992, and criminal sale of a controlled substance in 1997.
Wojciech Lesniak, 36, was convicted of resisting arrest and unauthorized use of a vehicle in the 3rd degree.
Jorge Luna Torres, 44, was convicted of arson in the third degree in 1999 for setting an acquaintance’s car on fire.
Reginald Castel, 45, from Haiti was convicted of assault in the first degree.
Eugene Bush was convicted of Criminal Possession of a weapon in the second degree.
Brian Materson, 42 was convicted of six counts of robbery in the first degree for a string of robberies he committed in 2006. He served 12 years of his 18-year sentence.
Michael Crawford, 38, was convicted of murder in the second degree, robbery in the first degree, and criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree. He served 20 years of a 22-year sentence.
Dennis Woodbine, 42, served 22 years of a 25-year sentence for murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
Alphonse Riley-James, 38 served 30 years of a 50-year to life sentence for murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
“While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities,” said Governor Cuomo.