Wahlberg will need Governor Baker’s recommendation

Gov. Baker is open to reviewing the pardon carefully

In this June 19, 2014 file photo, American actor Mark Wahlberg arrives for the world premiere of the movie "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" in Hong Kong. Wahlberg is seeking a pardon for violent assaults committed as a troubled teen in Boston in 1988, when he hit a Vietnamese man in the head with a wooden stick while trying to steal alcohol from a convenience store, and punched another man in the face while trying to avoid police. He was sentenced to three months in jail and served about 45 days. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

BOSTON (WWLP) – Hollywood star and Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg is hoping the state will pardon his past crimes.

Mark Wahlberg hopes to have his 1988 assault and battery conviction wiped from his record, but before that happens, he’ll have to get a recommendation from Governor Charlie Baker.

Actor and former rapper Mark Wahlberg filed a pardon application in November, but he has a lot of convincing to do before he’s granted forgiveness for his crimes. The Massachusetts Parole Board must first review his application and decide whether they support the star’s request.

The Governor would then have to offer his recommendation before it heads to the eight-member Governor’s Council for a final vote. Governor Baker told reporters Tuesday that if Wahlberg’s case reaches his desk, he’d be open to reviewing it carefully.

“I would have to see what the Parole Board’s recommendations and the write up look like before I make that decision,” said Baker.

Governor Baker must first issue his own set of clemency guidelines before the Parole Board can make further recommendations.

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