Nine men and women with ties to the Bay Area have been granted executive clemency by Gov. Gavin Newsom in cases ranging from drug and weapons possession to car theft and attempted murder.

Eight received pardons, part of 37 given statewide, the governor's office said Friday. Newsom also approved 18 commutations, including one linked to the Bay Area.

While clemency recognizes an individual's self-development and accountability after conviction, it doesn't forgive or minimize the harm they caused, the governor's office said in a statement.

The nine grants of clemency were each based on evidence that the individuals have “been living an upright life,” according to the governor's office.

They arose from cases in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties, as described by the governor's office:

— Gabriel Adami was put behind bars for drug possession by a Contra Costa County court in 1988, a San Mateo County court in 1999, and a Sonoma County court in 2009, and on charges involving stolen vehicles by a San Joaquin County court in 1999 and a Marin County court in 2009, among other charges.

After his release from prison, Adami helped others struggling with addiction and community reentry following incarceration and is “an example of rehabilitative success.”

— Norma Stoker-Mtume was sentenced in Alameda County in 1978 to two years in prison for possession of an illegal weapon. In 2007, a Los Angeles County court granted a petition for a Certificate of Rehabilitation in recognition of “substantial contributions that she has made through service to her community and internationally.”

— Steven Conway was 22 when he was sentenced in 1988 by a Contra Costa County court to three years of probation for burglary and attempted burglary. The act of clemency recognizes “the work he has done since to transform himself” and his service in the U.S. Army.

— Michael Woodson was sentenced by a Marin County court in 1987 to 10 years in prison for embezzlement. Clemency recognizes “the work he has done since to transform himself, including charitable work in the community” and his service in the U.S. Air Force.

— John Nguyen was 23 in 2005 when he shot and wounded a person during a fight over a gambling debt. A Santa Clara County court in 2007 sentenced him to a total of 30 years for attempted murder.

Now 42, he has earned an associate degree and works as a service dog trainer and braille technician and has had an “exemplary” disciplinary record. Newsom granted him commutation, giving Nguyen an earlier opportunity to seek release on parole.

Several of the governor's other clemency grants cited the work that individuals have done to transform themselves, without giving details.

— Robert Lopes Jr. was sentenced to jail by a Santa Clara County court in 1990 on drug charges.

— Justin Martin Del Campo was 20 when he was sentenced by a Santa Clara County court in 1993 to jail for sale and possession of marijuana.

— Desirae Spigner was 23 when she was sentenced to three years in prison by a Santa Clara County court in 2005 for drug possession, receiving stolen property and driving with a suspended license.

— Kenneth Martin III was 20 when he was sentenced in 2005 to three years of probation on drug charges by a Sonoma County court.

“The governor regards clemency as an important part of the criminal justice system that can incentivize accountability and rehabilitation, increase public safety by removing counterproductive barriers to successful reentry, correct unjust results in the legal system, and address the health needs of incarcerated people with high medical risks,” his office said.

A pardon does not expunge or erase a conviction. A commutation modifies a sentence, making an incarcerated person eligible to go before the Board of Parole Hearings for a hearing.

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