Mark Wahlberg seeks pardon for ’88 assault as teen

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BOSTON (AP) — Actor Mark Wahlberg is asking Massachusetts for a pardon for an assault he committed in 1988 when he was a troubled teenager in Boston.

Wahlberg’s application with the Massachusetts Parole Board says he isn’t the same person he was 26 years ago and his past convictions are still affecting his life. New England Cable News first reported on the application Thursday.

The document says Wahlberg hit a man over the head with a wooden stick while trying to steal two cases of alcohol outside a Dorchester convenience store. He was tried as an adult, convicted and served three months in prison.

Wahlberg says a pardon would be an inspiration to troubled kids that they can turn their lives around.

The 43-year-old is now a successful actor and producer.

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