Kohring sought pardon before Bush left office
Just before George Bush left office, former Rep. Vic Kohring asked the president to pardon his crimes – or at least cut short his prison sentence.
That according to a letter the longtime Valley lawmaker wrote this month to the Daily News.
"I felt my odds were greatly against me with both requests," wrote Kohring, a Republican who served 12 1/2 years before his conviction in late 2007 on bribery conspiracy and attempted extortion charges.
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"But (I) needed to ask anyway, otherwise I'll always wonder if they would have been granted."
Kohring said he requested the pardon in December with a five-page letter to the White House. But in the final days of his presidency, the only prisoners Bush granted early release were a pair of former U.S. Border Patrol agents who shot a fleeing drug suspect.
For now, Kohring remains in a minimum-security prison in Taft, Calif., where he insists he never committed any crime. He is appealing his conviction.
A federal judge in May sentenced him to serve three and a half years. He is one of four former state legislators convicted in the FBI's broad public corruption investigation in Alaska.
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