A South Dakota man is feeling great this weekend, and he thanks President Obama.
The president pardoned 17 people on Friday, one of them is a man from Montrose.
KSFY News learned he is one of the first to be pardoned in this second presidential term.
It's not everyday ordinary citizens get recognized by the president.
KSFY News met the Montrose man who tells us he was very excited to get the news the president pardoned his sentence.
Michael John Petri said he pleaded guilty on drug charges of possession and intent to sell.
Petri served 26 months of a five-year prison sentence back in 1989.
But when he got out in 1991, he was told he could request a pardon but should wait at least five years until he's well-adjusted in the community.
And since that time, Petri got his life back on track.
He's worked in the community, volunteered, coached sports and established his construction business.
Petri feels fortunate many people in the community stood behind him and gave him a second chance.
"There's 17 people in the nation that got a pardon, so to me, I look at that as a blessing from god. he somehow intervened in somehow picking me out of that many applicants to get pardoned. so I feel pretty blessed with that," Petri said.
Petri tells us he was bothered by negative online comments people have made about his pardon as he's paid his debt to society.
But he said it means something special the president would sign his pardon and believe he is a good person and trustworthy.
He would like to thank the president and meet him personally.
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