Myrtle Beach man pardoned by President Obama

A Myrtle Beach man was one of 13 people pardoned by the President Thursday.

Willie Shaw Jr. was sentenced in August 1974 to 15 years in prison for armed bank robbery, according to a press release from the White House.

Neither the U.S. District Court nor the Horry County Solicitor’s Office were familiar with Shaw’s case when the list was released late Thursday. A call placed to a number listed for Willie Shaw Jr. was not returned.

President Obama also commuted eight sentences Thursday.

A pardon is an act of grace by which an offender is released from the consequences of his offense, according to the U.S. Justice Department’s website. A commutation is the lessening of a penalty without forgiveness for the crime, and the accused is still considered guilty of the offense.