Unanimous Pardon Vote Could Give Man Elected To Council Second Chance

Corry Sanders won a seat on McKeesport's city council in 2015 but was unable to serve due to a previous felony

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
September 12, 2019 - 1:19 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A unanimous vote from the state Board of Pardons could mean a second chance for a McKeesport man to serve his community.

49-year-old Corry Sanders has been recommended for a pardon.

 He won a seat on City Council in 2015, but was unable to take public office because of a 25-year-old felony conviction for drug dealing.

Sanders spend six years in prison and was on state parole for 10 years.

He tells KDKA Radio’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland the journey has been long,

“Actually ended up in four maximum penitentiaries, so it was not an easy road,” said Sanders.

When he left prison he says he came home reformed, ready to prove something and he also earned his barber license.

Sanders has owned Kool Kutz barber shop since 1999.

Sanders knew when he won the council seat there was a chance he would not be allowed to serve.

“I was totally aware that when I was going to win, those that I would be would go running to the courts and cry foul, like that did, so it didn’t surprise me,” said Sanders.

Sanders, who has to run again for his council seat, says he plans to and the State Board of Pardons told him that he go run and get his seat back.

Governor Wolf who has the final say has not yet granted the pardon.

The governor's office says there is an administrative process that the Board of Pardon's needs to complete before it reaches Wolf's desk.

Once it reaches the governor he will review it and make his decision.

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