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By Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO ̵
Heather Steels Burnett had also applied for a pardon, which she did not receive like her husband last month.
"I did not get mine," Jason Burnett, 44, playfully remembered her reaction. That changed on Monday when Brown also extinguished an old drug condemnation for Heather Burnett and said that she has since "lived an honest and upright life". Her sentence was over 15 years ago due to the existence of ephedrine with the intent To produce methamphetamine, executed. Brown noted that Heather Burnett is now working as a drug counselor.
She was under 143 pardons and 131 commutations that Brown spent on Christmas Eve. Another person who had lost his home in the fire, Kyle Hathaway, was among the pardoned.
The pardons were bright spots in a difficult time for the couple and his 14-year-old daughter Faith. [19659007BurnettinParadise'shousebelongedtonearly14000thatofmonthofMontheawaybreakswerecompletedwithinatleast86people
Jason Burnett said on Christmas Day that they were "crushed" when they learned of Heather Burnett's pardon by the governorship office. She said that she was in shock and initially skeptical that it really was someone from Brown's office who called the news.
"It sounded legitimate then," she said.
Heather Burnett, 49, rescued the family dog as The Fire passed through Paradise on November 8, but then spent hours escaping the flames that approached her. She called her husband to say goodbye if she did not make it to life.
The family recently moved to a new home they had bought in nearby Chico, painting rooms during the Christmas holidays to "feel at home," said Heather Burnett.
She said her husband's apology hoped she was fired and she was not "a bit" disappointed with his good news. Brown pardoned Jason Burnett for Thanksgiving for his sentence more than 20 years ago when he created a controlled substance. The governor's office said at the time that wildfire played no part in the decision.
"He deserved that, and it could not have come at a better time," said Heather Burnett.
With many people still fighting for the fire, there is no celebration, she said.
"Sometimes it is difficult to be happy for some of our blessings when there are other people who are really suffering from the loss of their homes and the loss of a city that is devastating in itself," she said.