WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press reports President George W. Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others.
A Midland man, Willam Hoyle McCright Jr., was one of the people pardoned. He was sentenced for making false entries, books, reports or statements to a bank.
The new round of White House pardons are Bush's first since March and come less than two months before he'll leave office. AP reports the crimes committed by those on the list include drug offenses, income tax evasion, bank embezzlement and violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Bush has been stingy during his time in office about handing out such reprieves. Including these actions, he has granted a total of 171 and eight commutations. That's less than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their time in office. Both were two-term presidents.