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Mark Wahlberg Seeks a Pardon for 1988 Assault Conviction

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By    |   Friday, 05 Dec 2014 01:52 PM

Mark Wahlberg is seeking a pardon for his 1988 drunken assault on an Asian man, Hoa Trinh, with a wooden stick, which left the man blind in his right eye.

According to The Week, Wahlberg was 16 at the time, and spent 45 days in jail for the offense. He has now submitted a formal pardon application with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeking to expunge his felony record.

"I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took . . . as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the citizens. Since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others," he wrote in his application.

"I have not engaged in philanthropic efforts in order to make people forget about my past. To the contrary, I want people to remember my past so that I can serve as an example of how lives can be turned around and how people can be redeemed."

While Wahlberg's apology may be a heartfelt attempt meant to inspire troubled youth, ABC News reports that it is also in his business interests.

"The actor explained that the reason he's seeking a pardon is so that he can obtain a concessionaire's license in California, which would help with his restaurant business," reported "Good Morning America." "He added that his record also prohibits him from obtaining positions in law enforcement, and he'd like to work with officers to assist at-risk individuals."

Pardons are not easy to come by in Massachusetts. Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick has recommended four, while former Gov. Mitt Romney recommended none.

Republican Gov.-elect Charlie Baker will likely be the one deciding whether or not to sign a pardon if the Massachusetts Parole Board ultimately recommends it.

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