Governor Little issues first pardons of administration

Friday May 3, 2019

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has issued two pardons in accordance with the unanimous recommendation of the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. Each of the individuals pardoned paid their debt to society, did not commit any subsequent felonies or misdemeanors and made exemplary contributions to their communities through business, volunteerism, and community leadership after fulfilling their sentence.

Fred Charles Wiley of Elmore County was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance in 1981. He was sentenced to one to two years in prison and released on parole in 1984, fully satisfying his sentence in 1985. Wiley 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.

Kenneth James Taylor of Pocatello was charged and sentenced for Delivery of a Controlled Substance in 1992 and sentenced to two to five years in prison. Taylor fully satisfied the sentence in 1998. Since then, Taylor 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 eastern Idaho.

“The goal of the criminal justice system is to punish the crime and rehabilitate offenders,” Governor Little said. “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.”

The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole can grant pardons for lesser crimes; more serious offenses require the governor’s approval. These are the first pardons of Governor Little’s administration.

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