Actor Mark Wahlberg requests pardon for 1988 assault charge; victim he thought he’d blinded reacts
When Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg was 16, he assaulted and robbed a man carrying beer, injuring the victim so badly he thought he had damaged his vision. Wahlberg served 45 days in jail, and the incident turned him around, as he left his troubled past for a future as an A-list actor. Now, Wahlberg is trying to remove the felony from his background, and has asked the governor of Massachusetts for a pardon.
The Daily Mail tracked down the victim, Johnny Trinh, who revealed what had actually happened to his eye, and offered his opinion about the pardon request,
‘I was not blinded by Mark Wahlberg,’ said 59-year-old Vietnamese-born Trinh.
‘He did hurt me, but my left eye was already gone. He was not responsible for that.’
In an exclusive interview with Mail Online Trinh said he is happy for Wahlberg to be given a pardon saying: ‘He was young and reckless but I forgive him now. Everyone deserves another chance.
‘I would like to see him get a pardon. He should not have the crime hanging over him any longer.’
It is common for felons to have their criminal convictions expunged or pardoned, although the laws vary by state. Many states are so restrictive about forgiving prior crimes that the only way to clear up a past record is to ask the governor for a pardon. Convicted felons are prohibited by law from owning firearms or voting, with very limited exceptions.
Wahlberg committed the crime 26 years ago as a teenager. He has since become a responsible, successful adult, engaging in civic volunteer work, which includes starting the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and helping The Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children. Good citizens who turn their lives around after a crime as a teenager should be entitled to a second chance and not lose their most important rights for the rest of their lives. Let’s hope Governor Deval Patrick pardons him – it will set a good precedent for everyone else out there in a similar position.
Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2016.