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Trump pardons Minnesota man convicted on drug charge in 1992

John Harold Wall was among the 143 people granted clemency in one of Trump's final acts as president.

In one of Donald Trump's final acts as president, he granted a full pardon to a man convicted of a drug charge in Minnesota in 1992. 

According to a Jan. 20 news release from the White House, John Harold Wall was among the 73 people to receive a pardon from the outgoing president. Trump also commuted the sentences of 70 others. 

Wall was convicted of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in 1992. He completed a five-year (60-month) prison sentence followed by four years of supervised release, the White House said.

"This pardon is supported by former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the former United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota Andrew M. Luger, and the Office of the Pardon Attorney," the release said. 

A full pardon means Wall – and the others who were pardoned – regain all their rights that were lost when they were convicted. It doesn't, however, erase the record of the conviction.

According to the Star Tribune, Wall was indicted in January 1992 and was convicted in U.S. District Court in St. Paul after he pleaded guilty. A weapons charge was dismissed as part of his guilty plea. He was sentenced in June 1992. 

Wall was among several others with drug convictions to be pardoned by Trump this week. Among the most notable people he pardoned were former White House strategist Stephen Bannon, rapper Lil Wayne and former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

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