Mark Wahlberg Victim Is Against His Bid For Legal Pardon

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As Mark Wahlberg awaits a decision on his request for a pardon for his 1988 assault conviction, a victim of an earlier incident says he should not be pardoned for his crimes.

Kristyn Atwood was one of several fourth-grade black children Wahlberg harassed with racial slurs and physically threatened in 1986. Wahlberg and some friends chased the children, throwing rocks and shouting 'Kill the n-----s!' until an ambulance driver intervened.

Atwood still has a scar from being hit by a rock and says now, at age 38:

I don’t think he should get a pardon. I don’t really care who he is. It doesn’t make him any exception. If you’re a racist, you’re always going to be a racist. And for him to want to erase it I just think it’s wrong.

In the 1988 incident, he violently beat two Vietnamese men while hurling racist slurs at them, leaving one of the victims blinded.

Judith Beals, a former state prosecutor involved in the cases, says:

It was a hate crime and that’s exactly what should be on his record forever.

Wahlberg insists her is a changed man and should be officially pardoned for his conviction. He says he is now trying to live an exemplary life and has helped people through his charitable efforts.


Wahlberg and his brothers own a gourmet burger chain called Wahlburgers. And Wahlberg mentions in his pardon petition that his conviction for assault may prevent him from obtaining the concessionaire’s license he would need to open a restaurant in California.

Oh, and this: Wahlberg settled a civil suit in 1993 with a man who accused him of breaking his jaw.

According to a 1993 civil suit filed by a Robert Crehan, Wahlberg beat and kicked him in the face while his friend, Derek McCall, held Crehan down. Crehan’s jaw was broken in the August 1992 attack.

Finally, consider this. In Massachusetts, just four pardons have been granted over the last dozen years.

Should Mark Wahlberg be given the next pardon because he is rich and famous? What about those whose lives could actually be improved if they were granted a pardon, people whose job prospects had suffered because of some minor conviction?

Where do you stand, Popdust readers?