NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — President Donald Trump has granted pardons to dozens of people before leaving office, including a man from North Nashville.
Robert Sherrill was pardoned by former Governor Bill Haslam before he left office. Sherrill also applied for a federal pardon in an effort to restore his rights and remove some limitations he's experienced since his release from federal prison in 2013.
Back in 2002, Sherrill escaped from a department of children’s services home. He also had a simple marijuana possession charge and a 2003 drug possession with the intent to sell charge. Sherill was hoping the president would pardon him for a 2007 drug possession charge.
Since being released from prison in 2013, Sherrill has turned his life around by starting his own business and working with disadvantaged youth.
Sherrill gave a lot of credit to his late grandmother, Hattie Fletcher for always believing in him, and motivating him to turn his life around.
"I just know shes looking down and she's proud," Sherrill said. "That's the first person I'm going to see when i get to heaven. Seriously, I got to go talk to her and see what she's got to say."
Some other notable pardons made by President Trump, include Rapper Lil Wayne, the president's former Chief Advisor Steve Bannon, former top GOP fundraiser and Elliott Broidy and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. That brings the total to 73 pardons. However, the president did not pardon himself or any of his family members after many close to him advised him against it.