24 Dec 2012

Criminal who became model citizen recommended for pardon in American Samoa

2:37 pm on 24 December 2012

The American Samoa Parole Board is recommending Governor Togiola Tulafono pardon a woman who was sentenced 12 years ago for an embezzlement offence.

The Samoa News quotes a Parole Board member saying that this woman has already served her time in jail and has made restitution.

Since her release from prison the woman has earned two degrees, completed 3 years of seminary studies, set up and operated a number of small businesses and is extensively involved in the community.

The paper quotes the Parole Board member saying the woman has shown and displayed true remorse, and contributed greatly to her family and society and is therefore a good candidate to be pardoned.

The Governor usually issues any pardons at the end of the year.