- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - The state has a new parole board chairman.

The Governor’s Council on Wednesday confirmed Paul Treseler to the post. Treseler - who served for nearly two decades as a prosecutor in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office - was Gov. Charlie Baker’s pick to serve as head of the Massachusetts Parole Board.

The board grants parole and supervises parolees. It also makes recommendations on granting pardons and commutations.

Among those seeking a pardon from the state is actor Mark Wahlberg who committed violent assaults as a teen in Boston in 1988 when he hit a man in the head with a wooden stick while trying to steal alcohol from a convenience store and punched another man in the face.

He was sentenced to three months in jail and served about 45 days.

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