(Columbus) A Columbus man was pardoned by the governor. Tony Evers Thursday announced another 171 pardons, bringing the total number of granted pardons to 774 since 2019. Among them was Ryan Zuehlke.
According to the governor’s office, Zuehlke was a teenager who had aged out of the foster care system and committed a handful of crimes including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. In the two decades since the offense, Zuehlke has completed an apprenticeship program and worked for his local laborer’s union. The pardon was supported by the court.
Richard Karschney, who lives in Fond du Lac, was also pardoned. When he was in his 20’s, Karschney failed to make child support payments for his two children. Now more than four decades later, his is retired from a career in trucking.
Governor Evers says he is proud of the work they have done over the past four years to give so many a second chance and looks forward to continuing this work in the new year.