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Heisman winner Rodgers receives pardon for holdup

3 years 6 months 1 week ago November 14, 2013 Nov 14, 2013 Thursday, November 14 2013 November 14, 2013 1:44 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb.- Johnny Rodgers, the Heisman Trophy winner for Nebraska in 1972, has been granted a pardon for his role in the holdup of a Lincoln gas station in 1970.

The Nebraska Pardons Board voted 3-0 on Thursday to pardon the 62-year-old Rodgers.

Rodgers has said he's long regretted what he called a drunken prank. It was after the last day of his freshman year that he and two other men robbed the gas station. The holdup netted $90.

The crime was first investigated as an armed robbery. Rodgers pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of felony larceny and was sentenced to two years of probation. Rodgers has repeatedly denied that he had a gun during the holdup.

A pardon restores the civil rights Rodgers lost after his conviction.

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