California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, rejected the request of San Francisco Mayor, London Breed, who asked him at the end of October to consider leniency,” and commuting the manslaughter sentence of her elder brother Napoleon Brown, who struggled with drugs at a young age. (Getty)
In accordance with his tradition of granting pardons on or in the vicinity of the great holiday, California Gov. Jerry Brown granted 143 grace and 131 commutations on christmas Eve. However, he has no leniency for the older brother of San Francisco Mayor, London Breed, who has served nearly two decades of a 44-year prison sentence for manslaughter, according to reports.
The San Francisco Chronicle that the Race, the brother of Napoleon Brown, was not spared, despite her family’s request.
Race said last week that people who break the law should face consequences, but also a chance at redemption. “To many people, especially young black men, like my brother was when he was convicted, are not given the opportunity to be contributing members of society after they have served time in prison,” she said.
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Brown, who struggled with drugs at a young age, recently was caught with heroin in prison and had two years added to his sentence, KNTV reported.
Race, 44, who was a defense witness for her brother at his trial, has spoken about her rough upbringing in San Francisco public housing.
Her brother, who is now 46, pushed Lenties White of a getaway on the Golden Gate Bridge after an armed robbery in June 2000. White, 25, was hit by a car and died.
Sandra McNeil, the mother of the victim, said Brown did not deserve early release.
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“I don’t think it would be justice,” she said. “She’s the mayor, so she’s got a little power, so she thinks that her brother.”
Among those who were granted christmas Eve pardons of Brown, are five refugees from Cambodia and an immigrant from Honduras — all facing the possibility of deportation because of criminal convictions — two people who lost their homes in a recent wildfire and a former civil servant. Brown’s commutations included in a number of former gang members who have renounced their former ties and will now have the opportunity to petition the parole board for early release.
Gov. Brown has now granted 283 commutations and 1,332 grace since returning to office in 2011, much more than a governor of California since at least the 1940’s. The governor needs approval from the state Supreme Court to pardon or commute the sentence of someone who is twice convicted of a crime. The court in recent weeks has rejected seven grace requests by the governor, including a Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.