Haitian man pardoned by governor; could seek return to Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has pardoned a man her predecessor declined to help after being deported to Haiti.
A spokeswoman tells the Morning Sentinel the governor requested a clemency board review after the case of Lexius Saint Martin, of Waterville, was called to her attention. The 36-year-old Saint Martin was granted a pardon on Aug. 29.
With the pardon, he could petition to return from Haiti, where he was sent in February 2018. He was deported because of a drug conviction 10 years earlier.
Federal officials said he should’ve been deported sooner, but the Haiti earthquake left his deportation in limbo. During that time, he fell in love with a Maine woman. They married and had three children.
Then-Republican Gov. Paul LePage declined to issue a pardon in November 2018. The clemency board’s recommendation was not made public.
This story has been corrected to show that Martin was deported to Haiti in February 2018, not February 2009.