Governor Brown Pardons Santa Barbara Drug Dealer

Richard DeLeon One of 65 People to Receive Symbolic Gesture

Monday, April 1, 2013
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A man convicted of drug possession in Santa Barbara County more than 20 years ago was one of 65 people pardoned by Governor Jerry Brown the day before Easter.

Richard DeLeon was sentenced in October 1991 for possession of a narcotic with the intent to sell, according to the pardon document, and served four years and eight months on probation. Since 1996, he has “lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character, and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen,” according to a 2008 order from the Santa Barbara Superior Court.

A pardon, which is filed with the Secretary of State and State Legislature, is of great symbolic significance to the recipient and can help with job applications.

Most of the 65 people granted pardons had committed lower-level drug crimes similar to DeLeon’s. All of them had completed their sentences and been out of custody for more than a decade.


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Hey Jerr, How about pardoning a few thousand non violent three strikers currently clogging the for profit prison system and causing the redirection of state prisoners to underfunded county facilities. By the way, I think you are a liar.

shortrees (anonymous profile)
April 1, 2013 at 5:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How much "narcotic" did he have and what type? Isn't it true that this also restores DeLeon's and the other 64 felons' voting rights?

DrDan (anonymous profile)
April 1, 2013 at 9 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In Ca. your voting rights are restored once you finish probation/parole, and our out of custody.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
April 1, 2013 at 9:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

thanks AZ2SB.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
April 1, 2013 at 9:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good information AZ2SB. It would be interesting to find out the details of the original case. Given that I run a bail bonds business in Santa Barbara, I am always curious about the sentencing a person receives based on the amount of narcotics involved. Although my company guarantees the appearance, we rarely know the verdict of the case unless a client volunteers the information.

805bailbonds (anonymous profile)
April 2, 2013 at 7:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Just curious 805bailbonds, how do you "guarantee" an appearance by one of your clients?

Are we talking Dog the Bounty hunter-type tactics?

Please elaborate for all of our curiosity. Thanks

Barron (anonymous profile)
April 3, 2013 at 8:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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