City councilman removed from office over '93 drug conviction

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Posted: Feb 24, 2016 4:09 PM

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A newly elected Pennsylvania city councilman has been removed from office because of his 1993 felony drug conviction.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. asked a judge to remove Corey Sanders, who had pleaded no contest to charges he dealt crack cocaine and was sentenced to six to 15 years in prison. Zappala has said voters should choose their representatives but the law required him to request the removal granted Wednesday.

The 45-year-old Sanders has been seeking a state pardon so he could serve on the council in McKeesport, where he owns a barbershop and has married and raised four children since his release from prison. A backlog of pardon requests means that likely will take years.

A councilman Sanders defeated last year asked Zappala to seek Sanders' removal.