The Parole Board recommended that Young be pardoned for his crimes — three counts of aggravated trafficking. He was convicted in December 1989 and sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison but was paroled in February 1999.
The pardon was added to Young’s case file in the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts on Wednesday.
Young could not be immediately reached for comment.
RELATED: Kasich rarely grants clemency
Former Gov. John Kasich granted clemency — pardons, paroles, commutations or reprieves —in 6.6 percent of the cases he decided in his first two-and-a-half years in office.
During his four years as governor from 2007 to 2011, Democrat Ted Strickland granted 160 clemency requests, or 22.9 percent of the 849 applications decided.
Former Gov. Bob Taft, a Republican, granted 77 clemency requests, or 5.7 percent of the 1,355 applications received and processed during his eight years as governor.
Shortening sentences and wiping out criminal records can be politically dicey. In his final days in state office in 1991, Democrat Richard Celeste sparked controversy and headlines when he commuted the sentences of eight death row inmates to life without parole and granted pardons for 25 women who blamed their crimes on battered women syndrome.