NY Gov. Hochul pardons 10, including one prisoner convicted of drugs and weapons possession
Kathy Hochul gives a COVID-19 update during a press briefing Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, in New York City. - Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor/TNS

NEW YORK — Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced a round of pre-Christmas pardons, granting clemency to 10 people including a man who has served more than three decades in jail. Roger Cole, 55, was convicted in 1989 and 1992 of weapons and drug charges before earning a GED and an associate’s degree in jail, according to Hochul’s office. He will be released and rejoin his family in Jamaica, the office said. The remaining pardons were issued to nine immigrants who are out of jail but may have faced deportation as a result of their convictions. The New York Immigration Coalition, a nonprofit, twe...