Boston-bred actor MarkWahlberg has appealed to the Massachusetts Parole Board so he can handle guns as a reserve police officer, TMZ reports.

Wahlberghas filed papers in Boston in an effort to expunge his 1988 felony assault conviction. The actor, who was 17 at the time of the assault, has admitted he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he beat two men, leaving one partially blind.

The conviction has reportedly kept Wahlberg from pursuing a passion for policework. According to TMZ, the actor, now 43, wants to join an L.A. police force as a reservist, however his felon status is keeping him from handling guns.

Some of Wahlberg'sroles on the big screen - like "The Departed" - have reportedly piqued his interest in police work. The former delinquent has apparently turned his life around, having supported groups for at-risk kids.


A pardon forgives a crime, and differs from a commutation, which shortens a prison sentence or penalty.

"I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the victims," Wahlberg said in his pardon application.

Wahlberg was convicted as an adult and served 45 days in prison after the attack, which happened outside of a Dorchester packy store.

LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said she was "completely unaware" of Wahlberg's would-be reservist status, "That that doesn't mean it's not happening."

Wahlberg wouldn't be the first celebrity to snag cop status. Shaquille O'Neal, Steven Seagal, and Chuck Norris have all served as police officers, according to Criminology Careers Expert Timothy Roufa.

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