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Obama pardons Bassett woman

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Bassett woman was pardoned by President Barack Obama on Thursday, according to a press release from the White House.

Kimberly Lynn Stout, formerly known as Kimberly Lynn Cooley, of Bassett, received one of 13 pardons issued by the president, the release from the Office of the Press Secretary states. Obama also commuted the sentences of eight people.

Stout declined to comment Thursday night.

“Right now I’m just trying to savor this moment. It’s a very emotional time. I don’t want to comment,” she said.

According to the news release, Stout’s offense was bank embezzlement; false entries in the books of a lending institution. Online federal court records state that her case was filed on May 21, 1993.

Her sentence was one day in prison and three years of supervised release, including five months of home confinement, the release stated. It listed the date of Nov. 9, 1993.

Additional details about the case and the pardon were not available Thursday night.

According to the website of the Office of the Pardon Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, that office reviews applications for pardons, gathers more information if needed and proposes a recommendation on the disposition of the case to the Deputy Attorney General.

The Deputy Attorney General makes the final determination of the Justice Department’s recommendation to the president, the site states.

The site also states that a presidential pardon does not erase or expunge the records of a conviction. The pardoned person’s criminal history lists both the conviction and the pardon, it adds.


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