RICHMOND, Va. — Margaret “Blair” Dacey has been launched from jail after receiving a pardon from Governor Ralph Northam on the finish of final 12 months.
In response to CBS6 sources, Dacey was let out on Tuesday.
Dacey had been serving time for her position within the dying of a Colonial Heights man named Rusty Mack. She kicked Mack within the head throughout a combat involving a number of folks.
Northam pardoned 26-year-old Dacey despite the fact that she had 13 years left in her sentence. Dacey served seven years of her sentence and now has to finish anger administration and different transitional programs.
Northam wouldn’t go into specifics relating to the pardon however stated her pardon request was totally examined and he believes in second possibilities.
“It is a bit of overwhelming however I am simply glad to be getting again to regular once more,” Dacey stated in an interview with CBS 6’s Jon Burkett. “I imply, it is exhausting for any person in my place to get a second likelihood.”
Dacey stated that in her time in jail, she stayed out of hassle. She maintained a job, attended faculty and graduated along with her affiliate’s diploma. She is at present pursuing her bachelor’s in psychology.
All of those are causes that state senator Joe Morrisey stated he had no downside asking for her launch.
“She’s a basic instance of somebody who deserves to be pardoned. Completed first in her class whereas getting an affiliate’s diploma, is getting a four-year diploma, has availed herself to each alternative in jail. Is a stellar mannequin inmate. What has she achieved in her seven years of incarceration? She’s at all times helped others,” Morrisey stated.
“I’ve discovered to hear. To cease and hear. I did not at all times take the perfect recommendation up to now and I discovered to raised myself and keep motivated. Once you lose your motivation in a spot like that, that is the worst factor you are able to do. Since you’ll be influenced by too many issues. And I simply need to show that I am not the person who made that horrible, horrible mistake that evening. That was an entire accident and a tragedy,” Dacey stated.
Dacey stated that whereas her time in jail was troublesome, she believes that she gathered quite a lot of information alongside the best way.
“There’s quite a lot of classes I wanted to be taught. I’m a greater particular person for it,” Dacey stated.
She stated transferring ahead from her jail sentence, she want to go to regulation faculty and combat for teenagers who is probably not understood.
“I really feel just like the system could be very harsh on juveniles. And folks want an opportunity. The worst factor that you are able to do in jail is to not give any person an opportunity. When you do not give any person an opportunity, they don’t have any purpose to need to do higher,” Dacey stated.
When Mack’s dad and mom discovered that Dacey was pardoned by the governor, they stated have been outraged and shocked by the choice. Dacey is hopeful that they will sooner or later forgive her.
“I simply need them to know that I by no means meant to harm him that evening. I didn’t imply for any of this to occur and I am so sorry that it did. And I need to do my finest to be the perfect constructive instance transferring ahead. And I am sorry. I am sorry,” Dacey stated.