Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin today issued 10 pardons to people convicted of various felonies and misdemeanors. These pardons were issued separately from the marijuana pardon program announced earlier this month. Today’s pardons mark a total of 16 issued by Governor Shumlin to date. Among the pardons is the son of former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. Ferraro's son John Zaccaro Jr was a student at Middlebury College when he was caught and ultimately convicted in 1988 of selling cocaine to an undercover police officer. Ferraro and Walter Mondale were the Democratic candidates who lost to Ronald Reagan and George H Bush in 1984.
“I believe in second chances, and I believe we as a society will continue to move towards a more sensible approach to drug addiction and criminal justice. As Governor, I am honored to be able help people move past their mistakes and help relieve what can essentially amount to a life-sentence of burden and stigma,” Governor Shumlin said.
The list of pardon recipients and their offenses is below.
Hannah Anderson was convicted of domestic assault (misdemeanor) on April 30, 1997, in Addison County. The offense occurred against her mother while Hannah was moving out of her mother’s house. Hannah is a resident of Middlebury, Vermont.
Beverly Clement was convicted of marijuana possession (felony) on August 25, 1997, in Orleans County. The offense occurred while Beverly was driving through Vermont on her way to Maine. She lives out of state.
Bruce Cohen was convicted of marijuana possession (felony) and marijuana cultivation (felony) on June 29, 1987, in Orleans County. The offenses occurred while Bruce lived on a commune in West Glover, Vermont. He is now a resident of Arizona.
Janelle Lewis was convicted of two felony counts of sexual assault on a minor on July 1, 2003, in Bennington County. Janelle is diagnosed as being developmentally disabled. The offenses occurred when a young man and under-aged boys visited Janelle at her residence in Bennington. She and her partner now live in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Richard Mallary Jr was convicted of sale of marijuana (felony) on May 24, 1978, in Chittenden County. The offense occurred when Richard sold three pounds of marijuana to an undercover police officer while Richard was a student at the University of Vermont. He is a resident of Westmore, Vermont.
Janet Mazza was convicted of attempted sale of cocaine (felony) and possession of cocaine (felony) on March 17, 2003, in Chittenden County. The offenses occurred when Janet tried to sell one ounce of cocaine to an undercover police officer. Janet is a resident of Colchester, Vermont.
Raymond Nott was convicted of three felony counts of unlawful mischief on January 27, 1989, in Windsor County. The offenses occurred when Raymond and his friends damaged multiple cars. Raymond lives in White River Junction, Vermont.
Linda Shatney was convicted of marijuana cultivation (felony) and reckless endangerment (misdemeanor) on March 30, 1988, in Orleans County. William Shatney was convicted of marijuana cultivation (felony) on March 30, 1988, in Orleans County. The offenses occurred at Linda and William Shatney’s residence in Greensboro, Vermont. The couple are residents of Greensboro, Vermont.
John Zaccaro Jr was convicted of sale of cocaine (felony) on June 16, 1988, in Rutland County. The offense occurred when John sold a quarter of a gram of cocaine to an undercover police officer while John was a student at Middlebury College. John is a resident of New York.
Source: Shumlin 12.31.2016