Two Rock County residents are among 49 people granted pardons by Governor Tony Evers Friday.

According to a news release, Derek Ace fled from police and crashed into a street light 15 years ago. He now lives in Janesville and has started a photography business in addition to maintaining employment with the same company for two decades.

Candace Davis was 40 when she sold a controlled substance to an informant and was found guilty of possession of marijuana and controlled substances. Now 28 years later she has maintained steady employment in Beloit where she livers with her family.

A pardon is an official act of forgiveness that restores rights lost when someone is convicted of a felony, including the right to serve on a jury, hold public office, and hold certain professional licenses. A pardon does not expunge court records.

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