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Mark Wahlberg's request for pardon over 1998 teen assaults dropped

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This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.

Mark Wahlberg’s request to be pardoned for the assaults he committed as a teenager has come to an end.

A Massachusetts Parole Board spokesman told the Associated Press on Thursday that Wahlberg never responded to a letter asking if he wished to keep his petition open, and therefore the matter has been closed.

In 1988, when Wahlberg was 16, he was convicted as an adult of assault and other charges stemming from a convenience store robbery. He was sentenced to three months in jail and said in request for pardon that he was released after serving about 45 days.

Wahlberg also noted in the application that he turned his life around and became a successful music artist, actor and film and television producer. He also mentioned that he has raised millions of dollars for charity and donated his time and efforts for philanthropic causes.

The request proved controversial, with his victims saying they were divided on whether the actor should be pardoned.

Wahlberg, now 45, told reporters at the Toronto Film Festival this week that he regrets asking for the pardon, but he’s grateful that the process allowed him to meet and apologize to one of his victims.

“Some good did come out of it,” he said.