Shumlin pardons three women

MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin issued pardons to three women Friday, saying the women have atoned for their mistakes.

According to the governor’s office, Aimee Sheehan, of Williston, Amber Thibault, of Charlotte, and Lori Morse, of Bennington, have been pardoned for various convictions.

Sheehan pleaded guilty to violating a restraining order involving her grandmother in 2001 when she was 18 years old. She currently works as a nurse but has been limited in her career because of the conviction. Sheehan’s grandmother supported the pardon application, according to the governor’s office.

Thibault pleaded guilty to a domestic assault on her mother in 2002, which took place “during a period of transition in Amber’s life following the death her father.” Thibault has pursued a career as a nurse but has been held back as a result of her conviction, the governor’s office said. Thibault and her mother have repaired their relationship and her mother supported her pardon.

Finally, Morse pleaded guilty to a number of non-violent felonies and misdemeanors related to substance abuse and addiction during her 30s in the late 1990s. The convictions included passing bad checks, possession of cocaine and forgery, the governor’s office said. Since her convictions, Morse completed substance abuse treatment, including the Tapestry Program in Brattleboro. She also received a bachelor’s degree from Union Institute in Brattleboro and has written a memoir about overcoming abuse and substance abuse.

Shumlin said Friday he decided to pardon all three women because of the progress they have made since their convictions.

“I was proud to pardon three women today who have all worked very hard to overcome obstacles in their lives and mistakes made in their pasts,” Shumlin said. “All three have shown a commitment to helping others and to making a better life for themselves and their family. Past mistakes do not define a person’s future, and I hope these three will serve as an inspiration for others looking to turn their lives around.”

Those seeking pardons must file an application. The Department of Corrections reviews the applications and conducts an investigation before they are forwarded to the governor.

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