Felon Elected Oklahoma Mayor Denied Pardon for Arizona Crimes

Posted on May 28, 2011
An mayor-elect in Oklahoma has been denied a pardon for his role in an Arizona crime. Christopher S. Linder has been elected mayor of Pawnee, Oklahoma, but he cannot assume his duties according to Oklahoma state law until his Arizona felony convictions are cleared.

Mayor-elect Linder appeared before the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, seeking a pardon for his involvement in a botched drug deal and drive-by shooting that occurred in Phoenix on August 11, 1999.

"I live with that every day," said Mr. Linder. "Every single day that I get up, I live with the decision I made 12 years ago. I know it wasn't a wise decision. I know it was atrocious."

Mr. Linder served a five-year prison sentence where he was cited for disobeying orders and disrespecting authority.

The board denied his pardon by a 4 to1 vote. The board's chairman, Duane Belcher, said that his life of crime was not far enough in the past to warrant a pardon.

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