Trump pardons former bank robber who found God

The president issued a pardon to a convicted Nevada bank robber, Jon Ponder, who has become an advocate for other inmates and will speak to the convention on Tuesday.

"Jon's life is a beautiful testament to the power of redemption," Trump said in a video.

Video Transcript

DONALD TRUMP: Redemption. Jon grew up without his father. As he tells it, my mother was strong, but she wasn't able to keep us out of the gangs and off of the streets. And they were violent streets. At the age of 38, he was arrested for bank robbery.

While Jon was in prison, he began reading the Bible and listening to Christian radio. One day, he heard Reverend Billy Graham on the radio proclaim Jesus wants to be lord of your life. On that day, John dedicated his life to Christ. He spent the rest of his time in prison studying the Bible.

When he was released, he heard a knock at his door. It was the officer who put him in jail, FBI Special Agent Richard Beasley, who said, I want you to know that I'd been praying for you. Now, Richard and Jon are best friends, and we are grateful that Richard is here with us today.

In the last 10 years since Jon was released, he has created one of the most successful reentry programs, Hope For Prisoners in Las Vegas. So now I'd like to invite Jon's wife Jamie to join us as I grant Jon-- I'm not sure you know this-- a full pardon. So I don't know if you know that, Jamie. Come on over here. It's just an honor, and you have done incredible work.

JON PONDER: Thank you, sir.

DONALD TRUMP: And all of Las Vegas and all of Nevada and all of every place in this country is very proud of you, the job you've done. Congratulations to both.

JAMIE PONDER: Thank you.

JON PONDER: Thank you, sir.

DONALD TRUMP: Richard, thank you very much for the job you do.

RICHARD BEASLEY: Thank you, Mr. President.

DONALD TRUMP: Fantastic.


JAMIE PONDER: Thank you.