That’s what Mark Wahlberg is requesting from the state of Massachusetts in an application he filed on November 26.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 43-year old “The Gambler” actor, who as a teenager was tried as an adult and convicted for assault, cites that he has turned his life around since the incident in 1988, has gone on to become a successful rapper, actor and film and television producer and has raised millions of dollars for charity.
"I have not engaged in philanthropic efforts in order to make people forget about my past," Wahlberg said in the application. "To the contrary, I want people to remember my past so that I can serve as an example of how lives can be turned around and how people can be redeemed. Rather than ignore or deny my troubled past, I have used the public spotlight to speak openly about the mistakes I made as a teenager so that others do not make those same mistakes.”
When the “Entourage” executive producer was 16, he struck a man in the head with a wooden stick while trying to steal alcohol in from of a convenience store near his family’s home in Dorchester (Boston). He also punched another man in the face in an attempt to flee from police.
In his application, the man formerly known as Marky Mark said that he was high on marijuana at the time of the crime. He also offered up a mea culpa for his misdeeds.
He was sentenced to three months in jail and released after serving 45 days in confinement.
While pardons are rare in the Bay State, Wahlberg’s clemency is in the hands of the Massachusetts Parole Board, who will review his case and make a recommendation to the governor.
With Democratic Governor Deval Patrick on the way out after eight years in office, the decision will likely be made by Republican Governor elect Charlie Baker.
Good luck, Mark!