Ehrlich grants clemency to 18

249 commutations and pardons issued during 4-year term

January 13, 2007

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. granted clemency to 18 people yesterday, bringing to 249 the number of pardons and commutations he has issued in his term.

Yesterday's clemency orders went to: Marie T. Alexis, 54, convicted of battery in 1990; Debra Y. Blowe, 50, convicted of welfare fraud in 1977; Timothy Breth, 55, convicted of breaking and entering and seven counts of larceny in 1970, and possession of controlled dangerous substance and paraphernalia in 1974; Tammy L. Carper, 41, convicted of distribution of phencyclidine in 1984; and Alverta L. Chapman, 47, convicted of shoplifting in 1978.

Also: Richard S. Cugini, 34, convicted of obtaining alcohol for a minor; Ronald A. Demory, 54, convicted of assault in 1969; Edwin E. Green, Sr., 59, convicted of possession of marijuana in 1978; Aruna Ikharia, 34, convicted of fleeing and eluding in 1997; William C. Lewis, Jr., 62, convicted of shoplifting in 1963; Sandra S. Massey, 40, convicted of prostitution in 1996; and Michael W. Millner, 44, convicted of violation open container laws in 1983.

Also: Lakesha L. Ruffin, 34, convicted of battery in 1993; Jennifer Anne Yoak Siegmyer, 31, convicted of theft of less than $300 in 1998; and Michael A. Smith, 41, convicted of malicious destruction of property, breaking and entering, robbery, and assault in 1985, misdemeanor theft in 1989, misdemeanor theft in 1990, trespassing in 1994, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in 1995.

Also: Devere V. Stokes, 51, convicted of battery and deadly weapon with intent to injure in 1993; Vaughn W. Sweitzer, 43, convicted of a handgun violation in 1986; and Robert T. Szacik, 56, convicted of battery in 1981.

In a news release, Parole Commission Chairman David R. Blumberg said the commission reviewed all 18 cases and decided the commutations were warranted.

"They have worked hard to turn their lives around and have succeeded," Blumberg said in the statement.

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