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.