Jonesborough man says he was surprised by Obama pardon

Jonesborough man says he was surprised by Obama pardon

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JONESBOROUGH (AP) - An East Tennessee man who received a pardon from President Barack Obama says at first he didn't believe what he was hearing.

Tom Ledford told the Johnson City Press he thought it was a joke when he picked up his telephone Monday and a woman told him Obama had just signed his presidential pardon.

Ledford and four other people were pardoned Monday, marking Obama's third set of pardons. None of those pardoned have been well-known.

Ledford had been sentenced in 1995 to one year of probation for conducting and directing an illegal gambling business. Ledford says he also paid a $50 fine.

He says he spent the last 16 years struggling because of the conviction, finding it difficult to get a job.

Ledford says he filled out a pardon application three years ago.

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