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.