LINCOLN — ___ ___ stands before two rare opportunities that could change the course of his life.
One could restore his reputation. The other could revive a dream. The 25-year-old Norfolk man recently participated in a free-agent tryout for a chance to punt in the National Football League. His odds of making it, though slim, would improve if not for three words that turn up on the background check: registered sex offender.
So when ___ isn’t punting, he’s working toward a pardon. He took a step closer Thursday when the Nebraska Board of Pardons granted his request for a hearing. On May 20 he’ll get to make a case for clemency, which also would scrub his name from the sex offender registry. The Pardons Board rarely considers the applications of sex offenders. But board members said they are willing to listen to this one because ___ has lived an exemplary life except for one crime committed as a 14-year-old. Full Article