Pocatello man one of first two people pardoned by Gov. Brad Little
BOISE — Kenneth James Taylor of Pocatello has received one of the first two pardons issued by the new administration of Idaho Gov. Brad Little.
Both pardons, which Little issued on Friday, were for long-ago drug offenders who have since turned their lives around.
In addition to Taylor, the other pardon is for Fred Charles Wiley of Elmore County, who was convicted of delivery of a controlled substance in 1981 and who completed parole in 1985.
Taylor was convicted of the same offense in 1992 and finished fully satisfying his sentence in 1998.
The pardons were unanimously recommended by the Idaho Commission of Pardons & Parole; neither one of them committed any subsequent crimes.
“The goal of the criminal justice system is to punish the crime and rehabilitate offenders,” Little said in a news release. “Mr. Wiley and Mr. Taylor have demonstrated how the system can succeed through their service and dedication to their communities following their sentences. Their effort to better themselves and those around them was a key factor in my decision to grant these pardons.”
Taylor, since his release, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and has worked as a substance abuse/domestic violence counselor, volunteering his time with veterans, in Narcotics Anonymous, and in jails in East Idaho.
Wiley, after serving his sentence, ran a successful BMW motorcycle business in Boise for 40 years, regularly servicing the motorcycle fleet of the Boise Police Department and donating frequently to local charities.
Multiple judges and law enforcement officers wrote to the commission on his behalf in support of the pardon.
The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole can grant pardons for lesser crimes; more serious offenses require the governor’s approval.