SEVERE WX: Air Quality Alert View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Governor Brown Pardons Ex-gang Member Who Became Mentor

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has granted a pardon to a 44-year-old former gang member who turned his life around.

Posted: Feb. 12, 2018 5:20 PM
Updated: Feb. 12, 2018 5:22 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Gov. Kate Brown has granted a pardon to a 44-year-old former gang member who turned his life around.

Dondrae "Choo" Fair pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and other crimes after committing a carjacking at age 19. He returned to gang life after prison and was shot in the chest while leaving a funeral in 2000.

That proved a turning point. Fair stopped his gang activity and later became a mentor, using his experience to educate young people and encourage them not to repeat his mistakes.

The governor said in a statement Monday that Fair's clemency application generated broad support from the community, including from the victims of his crime, the officer who arrested him and Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill.

Article Comments

Medford
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 90°
Brookings
Overcast
57° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 57°
Crater Lake
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 83°
Grants Pass
Clear
93° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 93°
Klamath Falls
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 83°
Increasing Smoke and Thunderstorm Chances
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Latest Video

Image

Boo Boo

Image

At The Market: Veggies, Tamales, and Salsa

Image

Monday, August 20 Morning Weather

Image

Health Alert

Image

Golf Tip of the Week: Cougar Canyon Golf Course

Image

VIDEO FORECAST: Smoke Returns Monday Along With Storm Chances

Image

Weather is Affecting Firefighting

Image

FAMILIES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MODERATE AIR QUALITY

Image

VIDEO FORECAST: Very Warm & Dry Sunday

Image

Two Teams Now Managing Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires

Community Events