Wahlberg’s request for pardon over teen assaults is dropped

American actor Mark Wahlberg signs autographs for course workers during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
American actor Mark Wahlberg signs autographs for course workers during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BOSTON (AP) — Actor Mark Wahlberg has ended his bid for a pardon for assaults he committed as a teenager in Massachusetts.

In 1988, a 16-year-old Wahlberg hit a Vietnamese man in the head with a stick while trying to steal alcohol and punched another in the face while trying to avoid police.

Wahlberg said he was high at the time. He served about 45 days in jail.

Wahlberg apologized and said he has dedicated himself to becoming a better person so he could be a role model and raised millions of dollars for charity.

His 2014 pardon application was met with sharp criticism.

A Massachusetts Parole Board spokesman said Thursday that Wahlberg didn’t respond to a letter asking if he wished to keep his petition open, so the matter has been closed.

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