Wahlberg’s Request for Pardon Over Teen Assaults is Dropped

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2015 file photo, Mark Wahlberg attends the premiere of "Daddy's Home" in New York. Jackie Becker and her mother, Jean, found out Wahlberg was shooting scenes for the upcoming film "Patriots Day" in their suburban Boston hometown of Framingham, they delivered pizza and cookies to the set. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

FILE – (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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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