WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump issued full pardons to five people, and commuted the sentences of two more on Monday. A Kentucky man is among them.
Monday’s Executive Grants of Clemency actions were for people convicted of a range of federal crimes. The list includes improper use of federal government property, drug trafficking, illegal gambling, fraud, and theft.
Chalmer Lee Williams, of Dry Ridge, is named in The White House statement.
It says that, in 1995, Williams worked as a baggage handler at an airport. He was sentenced for stealing firearms from some checked luggage. Williams served four months in prison for the crime. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release, but that ended a year early.
In 1998, Governor Paul Patton restored Williams’ voting rights. Monday’s action from The White House also restores Williams’ federal right to bear arms.
The White House statement says, “Today, Mr. Williams is active in his community and is uniformly described as a trustworthy man of exceptional character.”
The White House release says that the clemency actions were the result of the traditional pardon process, and not connected to President Trump’s political allies nor high-profile lobbying efforts that defined many of his previous grants of clemency.
President Trump previously pardoned or commuted the sentences of 14 people.