The Council actually voted in Bird's favor, but Gov. John Lynch vetoed the pardon. The Council then voted to commute his sentence, and the Governor the decision stand - making Bird's the first commutation of sentence in his six-year administration. As a result, Bird's felony 2008 conviction for "criminal threatening with a firearm" will remain on his record. In addition, he can no longer own or possess a firearm (rights which a pardon would restore). Says Bird:
"As God is my witness and on the honor of my family and friends in this room today, I did not point or wave a firearm at Christine Harris."Bird will be eligible to reapply for a full pardon in two years. See story here and here and here.