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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