Maura Healey Proposes Three More Pardons, Including A Drug Dealer and An Armed Robber

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By Chris Lisinski
State House News Service

Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey proposed a trio of new pardons, including one for a Bay Stater who received a conditional pardon last year.

In her latest clemency action, Healey recommended the Governor’s Council award pardons to Danis Reyes, William Veal, and Kenny Jean.

Reyes was convicted in 1995 of distribution of a class A controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act. Healey’s office said Reyes, who is now a carpenter, has since “become an involved parent of three children and three young grandchildren,” and is active in his community including with Lawrence Community Work.

Veal was convicted in 1981 of knowingly receiving stolen property, again in 1983 of assault and battery, and also in 1991 on larceny charges. He spent 25 years as an autobody painter, volunteers with the Gallivan Community Center and Mattapan Community Center, and started a nonprofit basketball league tournament.

Healey’s office said Veal is seeking a pardon so he can both gain employment as a constable and process server and also so he can seek federal funding for nonprofit organizations with which he works.

Jean was convicted of armed robbery in 2016, and according to Healey’s office, he was homeless at the time and “in desperate need of money.” He later worked with the More Than Words nonprofit, and earned his certificate of completion from South Coast Education Collaborative.

Healey already proposed a conditional pardon for Jean last year, which the Governor’s Council awarded in September. She’s now seeking an unconditional pardon.

The governor’s office rolled out the trio of newly proposed pardons with statements of support from U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Hyde Park); state Senator Liz Miranda (D-Roxbury); and state Representative Frank Moran (D-Lawrence), the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ second assistant majority leader.


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