Gov. Gavin Newsom pardons Bay Area immigrants facing deportation

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced pardons for immigrants with criminal records who face deportation, including several people from the Bay Area who committed crimes during their youth.

As governor, Newsom has the authority to give pardons, commutations and reprieves based on recognizing a person’s efforts in self-development during and after incarceration.

Of the 10 immigrants he pardoned — all of whom face deportation based on their past records and convictions — five were from the Bay Area. The governor also granted 12 other pardons, 13 commutations and four medical reprieves.

Formerly incarcerated Bay Area immigrants from three Latin America countries joined two Southeast Asian neighbors in the governor’s latest pardon list, an effort by the governor to keep people from being deported based on their past imprisonment or criminal record.

The governor also appears to have focused his pardons on crimes committed by young immigrants, especially those involved in gang activity, official pardons show.

Carlos Vasquez Salazar was convicted in Santa Clara County court on Dec. 11, 1990 for possession, transportation or selling a controlled substance and faces deportation based on his record, which includes three years on probation and one year in jail. Vasquez Salazar was 21 when he committed the crime.

Nahn Xuan Nguyen was 18 years old when he was convicted in Santa Clara County Court of burglary and buying, receiving or concealing stolen property on July 21, 1997. He served two years and was pardoned based on risk of deportation based on his criminal record.

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Sixteen-year-old Duc Nguyen also faces deportation. He was convicted on voluntary manslaughter charges in Santa Clara County court on March 5, 2020 after his “crime partners” got into a fight and one fatally stabbed the victim. He had been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Twenty-one at the time, Saengsavan Choum was sentenced to four years in prison in Contra Costa County court of voluntary manslaughter after driving the car from which his crime partner fatally shot a rival gang member. He also faced deportation.

Gov. Newsom also granted a medical reprieve for Lynn Beyett, who was sentenced to 31 years in prison for robbery as a third strike on Dec. 23, 1998. Now 68, Beyett has been in prison for 23 years and is at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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