RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory has granted pardons to two men who completed their sentences at least 30 years ago and have each become parts of their respective communities.

McCrory's office announced Friday that pardons were granted to 52-year-old Linwood Paul Britton of Edenton and 58-year-old Richard Allen Brown of Panama City, Florida.

Britton pleaded guilty in 1979 to armed robbery of a store in Edenton and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He joined a work release program at a local company and has been with the company ever since.

In 1974, Brown pleaded guilty in Guilford County to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. His suspended sentence was terminated the next year so he could enlist in the U.S. Navy, where he served for 30 years.

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