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Obama pardons man convicted of firearm charges

Published on NewsOK Published: March 1, 2013

Joel Gehrke

President Obama issued his first series of presidential pardons today, including one for a man who was convicted of possession of an unregistered firearm.

Larry Wayne Thornton of Forsyth, Ga., was sentenced to four years of probation for possession of an unregistered firearm” and “possession of a firearm without a serial number.”  He is one of 17 people pardoned today.

The pardon comes as Obama is emphasizing, as part of his gun control push, the need to know who is buying weapons.

“If you want to buy a gun — whether it’s from a licensed dealer or a private seller — you should at least have to show you are not a felon or somebody legally prohibited from buying one,” Obama said in January, adding that “We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals.  And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.”

Here is the full list of pardons:


WASHINGTON – Today President Barack Obama granted pardons to the following seventeen individuals:


Offense: Misprision of a felony, 18 U.S.C. § 4.

Sentence:  Two years probation.


Offenses: Conspiracy to restrain, suppress, and eliminate competition in violation of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1; conspiracy to submit false statements, 18 U.S.C. § 371.

Sentence:  12 months imprisonment, three years supervised release and a $55,000 fine.


Offense: Aiding and abetting a wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343, 2.

Sentence:  Five years probation.


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