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Mancuso again denied pardon - PittsburghLIVE.com
Mancuso again denied pardon
...Joseph W. Mancuso Jr., owner of Mancuso's Barber Shop and a former president of the Connellsville Area School Board, sought clemency for robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and criminal conspiracy charges.
In 1995, the pardons board unanimously recommended clemency for Mancuso
, but his
application was denied by then-Gov.Tom Ridge.
"I'm disappointed, that's all," Mancuso
...Catherine Baker Knoll, the board's chairwoman, cast the only vote of support for Mancuso, while state Attorney General Tom Corbett, Dr. Russell Walsh, a psychologist, and Louise Williams, a victims representative, voted against the application.
, 63, was part of a scandal that engulfed the Connellsville Police Department
and members of the department -- including the police chief, who was his
uncle -- were arrested for operating a burglary and robbery ring. Mancuso
was involved in two robberies.While working as a bartender in 1973 at the Sons of Italy club in Connellsville, he left the front door unlocked before leaving for the night.
Two men then entered the building, cut open a safe with an acetylene torch and took more than $2,300.
Then early in 1974, Mancuso
and two men robbed a South Connellsville man.The men entered the home and beat the occupant.Mancuso
acted as a lookout on the porch and never entered the home. After those incidents, Mancuso was hired as a Connellsville police officer.
When police began making arrests in the crimes, several members of the city's police department were charged in a string of robberies.A number of officers were convicted.Mancuso
was sentenced in 1975 to serve two concurrent terms of five to 10 years in prison.He
was paroled after serving about two years. His
criminal record didn't become an issue in his
1990 election to the Connellsville Area School Board
was re-elected in 1994, the same year he
first sought a pardon.In 1999, Mancuso
agreed to settle a lawsuit that sought to have him removed from office because of his
would not run for a third term on the school board.
In return, the courts did not rule on a request that Mancuso
had been convicted of an "infamous crime," a finding that under state law would have rendered him ineligible to hold public office. Mancuso
has denied that political aspirations are at the heart of his
latest application for clemency.He
does not plan to run for public office again, an option that may not be open to him because of his
Court records show that Mancuso
has had no other scrapes with the law since his
arrest.In the past three decades, he has cut hair in his barbershop and has served with the New Haven Hose Volunteer Fire Company, among many other volunteer ventures.
pardon application on file in Harrisburg, Mancuso
expressed remorse for his
"I am very sorry for what I did.I hurt my family and friends and the community in which I live and also everywhere that you are to be trusted," he
, though, was curious about why his
application was denied.
"All they said was they don't have to give me a reason," he
can reapply for clemency in two years, but he
does not plan to do so.
"I don't think so," he
Finance Staff - Our Team at MMC Capital
Joseph Mancuso is the Fund Controller of MMC Capital.He joined MMC Capital in 2003.From 1999 to 2003 he was Chief Financial Officer of American Securities Capital Partners, L.P., a middle-market private equity firm.Prior to that he was a senior manager with Arthur Andersen, LLP's Transaction Advisory Services Group, where he provided due diligence, structuring, audit and tax services to the private equity market. Mr. Mancuso holds a B.S. from Villanova University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
The Herald Standard - News - 02/18/2006 - Local businessman seeks pardon for former crimes
Joseph W. Mancuso Jr., will appear before the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons panel March 2 in Harrisburg to request the charges of robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and criminal conspiracy filed against him for the Oct. 21, 1973, Sons of Italy burglary and March 22, 1974 when resident John Snador was beaten and robbed, be expunged.
"Clemency will give me the opportunity to serve and believe that the system works," Mancuso
wrote in his
A similar pardon request by Mancuso
was made in 1995.
As in his
prior petition, Mancuso
interaction with youth as a reason for the pardon.
"I am very active with all the youth of my community," he
said."Sometimes it affects me to be there because I was in trouble, but my best interests and belief in God tells me if I can help one kid or adult from my troubles, that's life rewarding."Mancuso
was moonlighting as a bartender at the Sons of Italy
to earn a few extra bucks when he
left a door unlocked for three others to enter the bar.Using a torch to open the safe, the trio removed a total of $2,344 from it and a hidden area near the bar used to secure money.
"I have no excuses, I did it," said Mancuso
as the incident is recounted to him."It wasn't that I was young and didn't know better, because I did know better."
admits to participating in the Snador robbery, as he
has done in the past, Mancuso denies he
took part in the beating of the elderly man.
"I didn't touch him," he
returned to Connellsville
and resumed his
place at the family-owned barbershop.
In the pardon application, he
states that he
has maintained the path that he
should have taken 30 years ago.
"I have conducted myself the last 24 years like I should have before that," he
wrote."I am a good example of faith, hope in God and hardworking."
In addition to citing his
ownership of the barbershop, Mancuso
membership with the St. Rita's Church and Holy Name Society
along with his
community activities as his
contributions to the community and efforts he
had made to rehabilitate and improve himself.Additionally, he lists his tenure on the Connellsville Area School Board of Directors, serving as a member, vice-president and president, board member and vice-president of the North Fayette Area Vocational-Technical School, member and president of the Connellsville Recreation Board, member, trustee, activities chairman, vice-president and president of the New Haven Hose Volunteer Fire Co., Y.M.C.A. youth director of a basketball program and as the organization's NFL pass, punt and kick coordinator, along with affiliations with the Connellsville Little League and Connellsville Booster League Football coach.
"In the past, I have helped with the Juvenile Probation Office meeting on Monday evenings in church and talking to them," Mancuso
stated in the application.Mancuso
, meanwhile, said there are no plans at the present time to take friends or family members to the hearing."Right now, I'm only going with my attorney," he said.
Finance Staff - Our Team at MMC Capital
Joseph Mancuso is the Fund Controller of MMC Capital.He joined the firm in 2003.From 1999 to 2003 he was Chief Financial Officer of American Securities Capital Partners, L.P., a middle-market private equity firm.Prior to that he was a senior manager with Arthur Andersen, LLP's Transaction Advisory Services Group, where he provided due diligence, structuring, audit and tax services to the private equity market.Mr. Mancuso holds a B.S. from Villanova University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Joseph Mancuso, Chief Financial Officer
...Joseph Mancuso, Chief Financial Officer, joined American Securities Capital Partners in April 1999 after nearly a decade in the M&A group of Arthur Andersen LLP.Mr. Mancuso received a B.S. degree in Accounting from Villanova University and a J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law.
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