AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday named eight Texans, granting pardons and restoration of civil rights as recommended by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.
The following people were named:
- David Boyd Pool, 74, for theft in 1965 (Galveston County). Pool was sentenced to two years of probation.
- Gary Lynn Dickey, 42, for burglary of a vehicle in 1997 (Washington County). Dickey was sentenced to two years of deferred adjudication probation.
- Christina Marie Edgar, formerly Christina Marie Emmert, 52, for theft in 2013 (Dallas County). Edgar was sentenced to three years of probation and a $1,500 fine.
- Subrina Sophus-Collins, formerly Subrina Maeca Sophus, 54, for unlawfully carrying a weapon on alcohol premises in 1994 (Harris County). Sophus-Collins was sentenced to two years of deferred adjudication probation and a $500 fine.
- Olukayode David Koleosho, 46, for robbery in 1996 (Fort Bend County). Koleosho was sentenced to three years of deferred adjudication probation and a $300 fine.
- David Anthony Mendes, 46, for theft in 1994 (Collin County). Mendes was sentenced to three years of deferred adjudication probation.
- Joe Bob Wilcoxson, 76, for theft in 2013 (Ellis County). Wilcoxson was sentenced to three years of probation and a $2,500 fine.
- Joseph Edward Braithwaite, 59, for evasion of income taxes in 1999 (United States District Court, Southern District of New York). Braithwaite was sentenced to a $150 assessment.
"Through the gubernatorial pardon, the Governor of Texas has the unique power to grant Texans a second chance," said Gov. Abbott. "I have the utmost respect for our state's legal system, having served as a trial court judge, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Attorney General. These men and women have demonstrated their dedication to turning their lives around and helping their communities, and I thank the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for our ongoing partnership to strengthen our justice system and reduce recidivism in the Lone Star State."
Office of the Governor Press Secretary Renae Eze also issued a statement regarding the board's decision to withdraw and reconsider 25 clemency recommendations, which were due to procedural errors and lack of compliance with the board's rules.
"The Board of Pardons and Paroles has withdrawn 25 clemency recommendations that contained procedural errors and lack of compliance with Board rules," said Renae Eze. "Among the recommendations withdrawn was one concerning George Floyd. The board will review and resolve procedural errors and issues related to any pending applications in compliance with their rules. As a result of the board's withdrawal of the recommendation concerning George Floyd, Gov. Abbott did not have the opportunity to consider it. Gov. Abbott will review all recommendations that the board submits for consideration."
The letter can be read in full here.
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