California Governor Jerry Brown turned down the plea of San Francisco Mayor London Breed who had requested the release of her older brother convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 44-year in prison.
Napoleon Brown, Breed's brother was not granted the early release after serving two decades in prison for the June 2000 murder of Lenties White, 25, who was pushed from a getaway car on the Golden Gate Bridge and struck by a vehicle amid an armed robbery.
Breed said that her brother struggled with drugs from a young age, and that he like many other black youngsters, was not given an opportunity to become contributing members of society after serving time in prison.
California Gov. Jerry Brown granted 143 pardons and 131 commutations on this Christmas Eve.