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Mark Wahlberg Asks For Pardon For Assault that Occurred When he Was 16 Years-old

December 8, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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When actor Mark Wahlberg was 16 years-old, he assaulted a man while attempting to rob alcohol, in an attempt to avoid arrest he punched another man in the face. Wahlberg says he was high on drugs and alcohol.

The then future star was arrested and tried as an adult. He was sentenced to serve 45 days in prison.

Wahlberg now is a 43 year-old accomplished actor, is married and a father of four children, who dedicates his time working with troubled youth.
However, Wahlberg maintains that he’s still affected by his legal convictions.

In a petition filed last week, Wahlberg officially asks for a pardon from his conviction, which is a lifelong tarnish on anyone’s record, which could lead to difficulties finding a job.
Luckily for Wahlberg, that isn’t one of his problem.
In his petition Wahlberg writes:
“I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage I may have caused the victims, Since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others.”

Wahlberg says his blemished record “can potentially be the bases to deny me a concessionaire’s license in California and elsewhere,” something important to him because of his interest in Wahlburgers, a restaurant he hopes to expand.

In addition Wahlberg writes: “given my prior record, Massachusetts and California law prohibit me from actually obtaining positions in law enforcement,” which, he claims would prevent him from becoming “more active in law enforcement activities.”

Wahlberg quite often mentions troubles he had in the past as a youth.

In multiple interviews he has given he often says that he draws from his experiences in his acting.

In July he told CBS, “I have a lot of real life experience that I can draw on,” Wahlberg said. “And I think that shows in the characters that I play because I’m always trying to find somebody — or find characters to play that I can identify with on a personal level or relate to. And I think it makes for a little bit more of an honest portrayal.”

He continued, “Once I got a second chance, I was never going to do anything to mess it up.”
In the petition, Wahlberg notes that in 2001 he started the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, which has donated $7 million to various youth causes, and he’s very active in the Boys & Girls Club.

Wahlberg didn’t include some of the details in his petition.
During his sentencing, documents reveal that he used a racial slur to the first man he hit and continued using race hate speech during the assault that left one victim blind in one eye, according to an ABC News report.

Wahlberg reveals his intentions for asking for a pardon are not just having his legal rights returned, saying; “The more complex answer is that receiving a pardon would be a formal recognition that I am not the same person that I was the night of April 8, 1988, It would be formal recognition that someone like me can receive official public redemption if he devotes himself to personal improvement and a life of good works.”

The pardon would set a precedent for troubled youths that “they too can turn their lives around and be formally accepted back into society,” he adds.

Some are skeptical of the request.

“Even if Wahlberg is not the same person anymore, he was that person at one point, and if he’s seeking a pardon the full version of how he acted is what should be judged,” wrote the Boston Globe’s Austin Tedesco.

Commenters on Boston’s WBZ’s “Daily Talker” were harsher.
“Why him and not numerous others who have turned their lives around? Has he made amends to the victim?” wrote jock stevens.

“Ah, no. It wouldn’t be fair to others in the same situation,” wrote the flip side.
Wahlberg’s case will be reviewed by the parole board, which will pass its recommendation to Gov. Deval Patrick, who will make the final decision pending approval by the eight-person Governor’s Council.

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