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'Thankful to God': New Orleans woman who was imprisoned at 19 receives presidential pardon

Posted On: Feb 27, 2021   |   Posted By: WGN TV

'Thankful to God': New Orleans woman who was imprisoned at 19 receives presidential pardon

A New Orleans woman who was imprisoned at the age of 19, served her sentence but was saddled with a crushing payments from a judge-mandated $1.9 million in restitution can now put that part of her life behind her.
"I think I'm still trying to soak it in," Syrita Steib said Wednesday, according to WWL-TV. "really, really thankful to God that he can use any vessel to bless you.”
She was one of the over 140 people - ranging from Steve Bannon to Lil Wayne - to receive a pardon from President Trump.
Steib was sentenced in 2000 for stealing cars in Texas and setting fire to a dealership as a teenager. She was given 10 years in federal prison, 20 years in state prison and the hefty monetary penalty.
Full list: All the pardons and commutations issued by President Trump in 2021
After serving nine years behind bars, she was released and dove right back into academics.
“School was one thing that I really excelled in so when I got arrested, I had a full scholarship to Xavier in physics and engineering...

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