Gov. Jerry Brown announced Christmas Eve that he has granted 79 pardons -- including three for people that were sentenced for crimes committed in Kern County.
Those who were pardoned have completed their sentences, been released from custody and stayed out of trouble for more than a decade, according to a news release from the governor.
The three people who received pardons for Kern County convictions were identified as Evan Richard Juline, Alan Michael Sanders and Teresa Ann Zuniga.
Juline was sentenced Aug. 28, 1995 for receiving stolen property, sale of a destructive device and drug possession, his pardon papers say. He served 11 months in prison and one year of parole; he was discharged Sept. 21, 1997.
Sanders was sentenced July 11, 1988 for possession of cocaine for sale and drug transportation for sale, according to his pardon papers. He served eight months in prison and two years of parole; he was discharged Aug. 17, 1992.
Zuniga was sentenced July 10, 1990 for drug possession, according to her pardon papers. She served six months in jail and three years of probation; she was discharged June 15, 1993.
The governor's release says a gubernatorial pardon may be granted to people "who have demonstrated exemplary behavior following their conviction." The California Department of Justice and the FBI are notified when a pardon is granted so they can update their records on the applicant.