Pence’s 1st Pardons Include Woman Who’s Seeking a Doctorate

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) _ A 46-year-old woman who's among three people whose criminal convictions were erased by Gov. Mike Pence in his first gubernatorial pardons says she pursued her pardon for five years.
Marquita Braxton was convicted in Madison County in 1993 on cocaine-dealing charges and sentenced to 13 years.
The former Anderson resident was released from prison in 2000 and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she's working on a doctorate degree in engineering.
Braxton tells The Herald Bulletin she took her family to her pardon hearing “and answered a lot of questions.'' 
Pence issued pardons Friday for Braxton, 41-year-old Hans Schmitter and 39-year-old Stephanie Davis.
Schmitter was convicted in White County in 1992 of theft, residential entry and receiving stolen property. Davis was convicted of theft in Lake County in 1999