RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Governor Pat McCrory granted unconditional pardons to two men who completed their sentences for offenses committed more than 35 years ago and have since become outstanding citizens.
The pardons were granted to Linwood Paul Britton, 52, of Edenton and Richard Allen Brown, 58, of Panama City, Florida.
“These pardons weren’t just granted, they were earned,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Paul Britton and Richard Brown paid for their mistakes, turned their lives around and have made significant contributions to our community and nation. They are a testimony to everyone that has been convicted of a crime that it’s never too late to turn your life around.”
The pardons will restore citizenship rights that are lost when an individual is convicted of a felony.
Linwood Paul Britton
In 1979, at age 17, Britton pleaded guilty to armed robbery of a store in Edenton and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. During his incarceration, Britton attained his GED and took classes in electrical wiring.
Britton was released from prison on September 30, 1983. While incarcerated, Britton joined a work release program at Jimbo Jumbo's Peanuts in Edenton where he started as a floor worker. Britton has been with the company ever since and currently serves as the Vice President of Plant Operations.
Mr. Britton has been married for 17 years and he and his wife have a 13-year-old daughter.
Richard Allen Brown
In 1974, at age 18, Brown pleaded guilty in Guilford County to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He received a five year suspended sentence and a $1,500 fine. His suspended sentence was terminated on November 20, 1975 so Brown could enlist in the United States Navy.
Brown served honorably for 30 years and rose to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. His service included the honor of serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL. He retired from the Navy in 2005.
After his retirement from the military, Brown worked as a private contractor for the State Department’s Antiterrorism Assistance Program and the Department of Homeland Security.
Brown resides in Panama City Beach, Florida with his wife of 30 years. He has two sons and one grandson. Brown is involved with his church and serves on the board of his homeowners’ association.