Sebelius issues first executive pardon

TOPEKA | Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has issued her first executive pardon since taking office in 2003.

Nicole Corcoran, the governor's spokeswoman, on Wednesday confirmed the pardon was the first in Sebelius' six years as governor.

The pardon was issued to Benito Carrillo Jr., a procurement agent for Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems. He sought the governor's help because he had been blocked from traveling to Canada for business because of the crime.

Carrillo was sentenced to one year of probation after his July 1999 arrest for drunken driving in Butler County.

He applied for executive clemency. The Kansas Parole Board recommended approval, and Sebelius signed an order that pardoned Carrillo to the extent he may travel to Canada when on assignment for AeroSystems.