Omaha Woman Pardoned To Pursue Dream of Counseling

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Omaha woman whose list of crimes ran from girlhood until she was almost 40 has been pardoned.

The action by the Nebraska Board of Pardons on Tuesday will allow 48-year-old Kendra Williams-Russell El to pursue her dream: She wants to be a mental health counselor.

She intends to finish her work on a master's degree and then start work on her doctorate. She wants to help people win their battles with addictions and other problems.

A Pardons Board member, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale,
told her that she was an outstanding example of someone who had turned from a lifestyle that probably should have led to her death.

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