President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Roy Grimes knows he is among the fortunate few, one of only 17 Americans pardoned by President Barack Obama.
The 72-year-old mechanical engineer from Athens, Tenn., isn't sure why he got the presidential pardon in March. His attorney says they may never know.
Grimes has gotten married, earned a degree and worked since he helped alter a money order to steal $40.83 from the East Ridge post office in 1960. But as a felon, he lost his right to vote or own a gun.
Grimes told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that for years he's wanted a single-action Colt peacemaker, the type cowboys like Clint Eastwood and Chuck Connors carried in his favorite TV Westerns.
The pardon is a step toward making that wish come true.