Wood, a stonemason, stood before the State's Board of Executive Clemency and took responsibility for his behavior - his new wife by his side. The board unanimously granted a pardon, even though the Florida Parole Commission recommended his request be denied because of a DUI in Michigan and Wood's driving a snowmobile. He requested the pardon primarily so he could own a hunting rifle. The Times also writes:
The chronically short-staffed Parole Commission is straining under a backlog of 31,000 cases. About two-thirds of them are ex-felons seeking to have their civil rights restored so they can vote; the rest are in other categories, like Wood's. The Legislature in the recently ended session gave the Parole Commission an additional $350,000 so the agency can hire more people to reduce the backlog.See full story here.