Janet Mills pardons former firefighters’ association treasurer who stole $11,000 from group and Greenville

A former treasurer of the Greenville Firefighters Association who was serving time for stealing money from the group and the city was recently pardoned by Governor Janet Mills.

Bruce Reed of Greenville Junction, also a former park ranger, was indicted in June 2015 by a Piscataquis County grand jury on two counts of robbery over five years between March 2009 and March 2014.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison with all but 45 days suspended in 2015, followed by two years probation.

Reed submitted a request for a pardon, which was granted, said Jane Tower, clerk with the Maine Department of Corrections. That means he was pardoned for his crime or crimes, but his criminal record was not “expunged,” according to the Maine Department of Corrections website. Maine does not expunge or expunge criminal records.

“Rather, information regarding the pardoned conviction is considered ‘confidential criminal history information,'” the website said.

Further information surrounding the circumstances of his pardon was not immediately available Thursday.

When Reed was charged, one count related to the embezzlement of funds from the firefighters’ association. The other charge related to Reed overcharging the city for his training as a firefighter for himself and his time spent fighting fires. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, according to the Bangor Daily News article.

He paid $11,000 in restitution to the fire brigade and the city of Greenville when he was convicted, Assistant District Attorney R. Chrisopher Almy said at the time.

Maine’s governor has a constitutional power, called executive clemency, to grant someone a pardon or commutation of sentence following a criminal conviction or juvenile trial, according to the Department of Human Services. correctional. website.

The length of the executive clemency process varies. From the time the Department of Corrections receives a petitioner’s completed application, the process typically takes at least six months for the petitioner to receive the governor’s decision, the website said. It could take a year or more.

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