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Gov. Cuomo Grants Clemency To 21 On Christmas Eve

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has granted clemency to 21 people his office says “demonstrated substantial evidence of remorse, rehabilitation and a commitment to the community.”

Many of those receiving pardons and commutations were sentenced years ago on drug charges. Also granted clemency were 26-year-old Maria Ordonez and 64-year-old Theresa Debo, who have been serving sentences after killing abusive romantic partners in what they maintain was self-defense.