Camp Fire victims receive governor pardon

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A California woman received a special Christmas present.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced 143 pardons and 131 commutations to people convicted of crimes in the state of California.

One of those people – a wife and mother who narrowly escaped the Camp Fire in November.

Heather Burnett says she’s still traumatized over the loss of her home to the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in state history.

But the greatest gift this season – knowing she’s been pardoned by Gov. Brown.

Burnett’s husband, Jason Burnett, also received a pardon by the governor last month.

“The irony of the pardon is it’s almost symbolic of when my husband and I were both starting out and we didn’t have anything,” said Heather Burnett.

“When he got his, that right there couldn’t come because we were still very much reeling in the trauma and still being traumatized by what just happened to us,” she said.

“In ’98, I was arrested with the intention to manufacture methamphetamine which was in direct relation to the people I was associating with,” she said.

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