Man gets pardoned by governor, goes on to get arrested, charged with trying to strangle multiple women


COVINGTON, KY – When he was 15, Johiem Bandy was arrested, charged and convicted for robbery and assault. He was sentenced to 13 years back in 2017.

In 2019, then-Governor Matthew Bevin issued a pardon to Bandy, one of 400 he issued, after he had served only two years. Among the other full pardons he issued were a child rapist, a murderer, and a man who hired a hitman to kill his business partner. The pardon, issued on December 9, 2019, reads:

“WHEREAS, Johiem Bandy was convicted in Kenton County in 2017 of robbery and assault; and

WHEREAS, Johiem Bandy made some unwise choices as a young teenager. Since then, he has done all that has been asked of him and is turning his life around.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Matthew G. Bevin, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in consideration of the foregoing, and by the virtue of the authority vested in me by Sections 77, 145 and 150 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, do hereby commute his sentence to time served and grant him the full pardon that he has requested.” 

There was one final line prior to the governor’s signature.

Bevin wrote:

“I am confident that he will do great things with his life.”

Police were called on Thursday to a location in response to a report of a man being shot.

When they arrived, they found Bandy shot in the shoulder.

“Mr. Bandy is known to us. We actually have a couple of strangulation cases active with him,” said Covington’s Assistant Police Chief Brian Valenti.

In this latest encounter, he was carrying a gun and used it on his alleged victim. Because of his pardon, he legally possessed the weapon.

Unfortunately for Bandy, the woman was able to get it away from him and shot him, ending the reported attack.

“This is going to be one of those cases where the victim isn’t really going to be the victim in the story,” Valenti surmised.

Now, two and a half years after his pardon, Bandy is back behind bars. He is now facing felony charges of second-degree strangulation, fourth-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief. All charges stem from two incidents that are alleged to have occurred in March and April.

According to the Cincinatti Enquirer, the mother of Bandy’s child was victim number one. She told Covington police that Bandy “pinned her against the wall, placing his hands around her neck, restricting her ability to breathe.”

A second complaint was filed after a second woman that Bandy had been in a relationship with, alleges that he choked and assaulted her, after they argued over money.

He was extradited from the Hamilton County Justice Center and is now being held in the Kenton County Detention Center.

A public records search shows only the two active cases against Bandy, with both having a preliminary court date of Tuesday, June 28, 2022. There is no information in those court records regarding whether he had bond set and how much it may have been, although it was reported that the bond was set at $5,000.

It was also reported that should he post bond, he would be remanded to home incarceration.

Man gets pardoned by governor, goes on to get arrested, charged with trying to strangle multiple women
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Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders discussed his thought with the Enquirer via email.

“I didn’t agree with former Governor Bevin’s horrible decision to pardon Bandy when he made it, and Bandy’s most recent charges prove, yet again, the Governor’s reckless approach to mass pardons was foolish. Obviously the former governor was very wrong. Bandy hasn’t turned his life around.”

This is a developing story. Law Enforcement Today will provide an update as details become available.


Report: In his final days, leftist Gov. Northam pardons convicted pedophile – who is a Democrat state legislator

RICHMOND, VA- In one of his final acts as governor, Ralph Northam (D) has pardoned a state legislator who served jail time for his actions in an underage sex crime.

In December 2014, Sen. Joe Morrissey was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after engaging in an intimate relationship with his 17-year-old secretary.

On Friday, January 14th, Governor Northam granted Morrissey a simple pardon for the crime.

Morrissey, who is now 64-years-old, was charged with having a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old girl. After pleading guilty, he served a three-month jail sentence.

After serving his jail sentence, he had a child with the victim and when she turned 18, the couple married.

Morrissey, who won re-election to the House of Delegates while campaigning from jail in 2015, told the Washington Free Beacon that he “absolutely” felt vindicated by Governor Northam’s decision to pardon him. He said in a statement:

“I was absolutely thrilled that the governor pardoned me. My wife and I are most delighted. However, the people who will be more affected by this and who will in the future be the most grateful are our four little children.”

Man gets pardoned by governor, goes on to get arrested, charged with trying to strangle multiple women

Morrissey’s petition for simple pardon was submitted to Northam on November 29, 2021 and included affidavits of support from his wife, Myrna Pride, her mother and grandmother; all expressed support for the relationship in 2014.

However, Coleman Pride, Myrna’s father, weighed in with a different statement:

“The actions of Governor Northam are deplorable and downright despicable.

As a pediatrician who cares for children and also a father of a daughter himself, his decision today speaks volumes to the fact that he has no moral compass; He cannot be trusted to care for our children or run for any public office in the future.”

He added:

“Morrissey was convicted by the court of law and that process should be respected. He has a long criminal history that spans decades and he continues to circumvent the judicial system to his advantage.

Under no circumstances should the Virginia State Bar consider his request to have his law license reinstated.”

The notice that Morrissey’s pardon had been granted was signed by the governor on January 13th.

The simple pardon issued by Governor Northam does not remove the crime from Morrissey’s record. Instead, the notice from the governor calls the pardon a “meaningful recognition to Virginians yearning for a second chance.”

The charge never seemed to impede Morrissey’s political ambitions, but it did impact his ability to practice law.

He was disbarred for having the relationship with an underage woman and when he tried to regain his law license in 2019, he was denied.

His license was revoked in 2018 after a three-judge panel of Circuit Court judges determined he had violated professional rules of conduct.

He was previously blocked from practicing law in 2003. 8News asked Morrissey if his motivation to seek a pardon was based on a desire to try and get his law license back, he said:

“No, it has everything to do with being vindicated. It has everything to do with pursuing justice to the very end. And, if I don’t do it for myself how can my constituents expect me to do it?”

However, Morrissey also said his lawyers will use the pardon to immediately pursue the return of his law license, adding:

“It’s beyond symbolic. It sends a strong message about what the Commonwealth did to us.”

Morrissey has a long history of being involved with the law. As a county prosecutor in the early 1990s, he twice served jail time for punching an opposing defense lawyer and for writing a letter to a judge that was deemed threatening.

He later has his law license suspended after he allegedly attempted to settle a rape case in exchange for donations to charities he selected.

After he was convicted of assault for punching his handyman in 1999, Morrissey was barred from practicing law in federal courts for allegedly trying to bribe a Habitat for Humanity employee to falsify his community service hours.

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