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Originally published Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM

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Gregoire issues 6 pardons in final days in office

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has issued a half-dozen pardons in her final days in office. She also reduced the sentences of four other people, including two serving life without parole under the state's three-strikes law.

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SEATTLE —

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has issued a half-dozen pardons in her final days in office. She also reduced the sentences of four other people, including two serving life without parole under the state's three-strikes law.

Among those who received a full pardon was Scott Adam Spong, who served six months in work release after pleading guilty to third-degree assault and carrying a concealed weapon without a license in 2001. Spong shot and wounded a person in a group of young men who attacked him in a fast-food restaurant parking lot in Thurston County. The governor says he accepted responsibility for his actions, and went on to serve five years in the U.S. Army, including 15 months in Iraq.

Spong has been barred from working with disabled children because of the conviction.

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