Gov. Snyder pardons 11 for crimes

Ed White
Associated Press

Detroit — Gov. Rick Snyder has issued his first pardons since taking office in 2011, scrubbing the criminal convictions of 11 people.

The rare decisions were reported this week to the state Senate, although Snyder granted the pardons in December. They were recommended by the state parole board.

The men were convicted of shoplifting, drunken driving, breaking and entering and other mostly small crimes. One case goes back to 1955.

Snyder spokesman Dave Murray says most “made mistakes early in their lives and have been good citizens for decades.”

John Zubkoff of Monroe cried when he got a letter a few weeks ago. He’s missed out on jobs and other opportunities because he broke into unoccupied storage units when he was 22.

Zubkoff says the governor is giving him a second chance.

According to state documents, the following pardons were granted Dec. 22 and were based on the affirmative recommendations of the state parole board:

■Lonnie Edward Adkins

■Rudolph Bottone

■Francisco J. Cataldo

■Clifford L. Church

■Randall Mcintyre Gibson

■Herbert Alan Gocha, Jr.

■Joseph Adron Hastings

■John Paul Kupel

■John W. Miracle

■John William Vincent

■John Joseph Zubkoff