Some people have been pressing for a pardon to be issued for Billy the Kid. Rumor has it that a governor promised him a pardon 130 years ago but backed out of the promise. Based upon the rumor some people have been pressing for an official pardon of the outlaw. Thankfully, the current governor maintained justice and sanity by refusing to offer the pardon.
The murderous outlaw has been romanticized in film and lore. As the CNN video displays, the governor pointed to this as the primary reason for his even considering a pardon, but pointed to a lack of evidence to support issuing a pardon. To issue a pardon to a romanticized outlaw who had killed an estimated twenty people, including several law-men, would have been a criminal act.