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Clemency granted

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 3:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014 3:08 p.m. CDT

DEPUE — A former Bureau County man is one of 43 persons granted clemency from the Illinois Department of Corrections by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Juan Martinez, now 43, of DePue, was convicted on Sept. 5, 2002, in Bureau County Court of the Class 3 felony of unlawful possession with the intent to deliver cannabis, 30 to 500 grams. He was placed on two and one-half years probation, ordered to serve three months in the Bureau County Jail and ordered to complete 50 community service hours.

On Monday, Bureau County State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann said Martinez completed his sentence as ordered and successfully completed his probation in March 2005.

In granting clemency for Martinez, the governor basically acknowledges the crime was committed and then pardons, or excuses, the conviction, Herrmann said. Martinez would still need to take a further step to erase the conviction from public court records, the state’s attorney said.

In announcing the recent clemency action, Quinn said he granted 43 clemency petitions, but denied 65 of them. Each person granted clemency had recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System, the governor said.

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