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Governor Asa Hutchinson announces intent to grant executive clemency

Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant 19 pardons, one restoration of firearm rights only, and one commutation. An additional 48 clemency requests were denied and one had no action taken upon it. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements, and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the notices before final action is taken.

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Marcus Byers, Sr (Sherwood) Criminal Mischief-1st Degree (C Felony) (CR-2007-285). 

This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (2007 – St. Francis County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Ronald J. Christopher (Russellville): Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR-06-18).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2006 – Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application. 

Donald K. Cox (Van Buren): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (C Felony) (CR-93-706)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1994 – Sebastian County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Shelley Dhane (Brookland): Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR-2000-57) Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine (C Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-2000-73), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony), Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor (Misdemeanor), and Theft of Property (A Misdemeanor) (CR-2000-126) Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR-2001-279) Possession of Methamphetamine (Probation Revocation) (C Felony) (CR-2000-73).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2000 – Craighead County, 2000 – Greene County, 2001 – Craighead County and 2002 – Greene County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Randall R. Gunter (Ozark): Residential Burglary (B Felony) and Theft of Property (A Misdemeanor) (CR-99-70B), Breaking and Entering (D Felony) (CR-99-240).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1999 – Johnson County and 1999 – Pope County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Cody L. Houston (Conway): Destruction of Cemetery Markers (D Felony)(CR-2003-23).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2003 – White County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Antwyne Hunter (Garland, TX): Battery-2nd Degree (D Felony) (CR-2000-120).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2000 – Columbia County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Christopher J. Kinney (Lonoke): Possession of Controlled Substance-Hydrocodone (C Felony) (CR-2003-486).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2004 – Lonoke County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Dennis Lamm (Alma): Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony), Possession of Cocaine (C Felony), Possession of Peyote (C Felony), Poss. Cont. Subs w/Int. to Deliver (C Felony), and Poss. Drug Paraphern. (C Felony) (CR 1997-1796).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1998 – Washington County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Sheriff has raised objections to the application.

Shamika Moore (Little Rock): Endangering Welfare of a Minor (6 counts) (D Felony) (60CR-08-1048), Theft of Property (B Felony) (60CR-08-1069). 

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2008 – Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

David C. Parsons (Lake Jackson, TX): Commercial Burglary (C Felony) and Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR-1995-316-2B).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1995 – Benton County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Danny Scarbrough (Wynne): Possession of a Controlled Substance (C Felony) (CR-1994-43); Possession of a Controlled Substance (C Felony) (CR-2003-159).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1995 – Cross County and 2004 – Cross County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Michael T. Smith (Bigelow): Domestic Battery-2nd Degree (C Felony) (CR-2006-1548).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2007 – Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Judge and Prosecuting Attorney have raised objections to the application.

Tim Stocker (Walnut Ridge): Delivery of Controlled Substance-Marijuana (C Felony) (CR-94-23), Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Crystal Methamphetamine (Y Felony) (CR-94-24), and Delivery of Controlled Substance-Crystal Methamphetamine (Y Felony) (CR-94-25).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1995 – Lawrence County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Anthony E. Summerville (White Hall): Theft By Receiving (B Felony) (CR-1993-785) and Theft By Receiving (C Felony) (CR-1994-714).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1995 – Jefferson County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further felony criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Jeremiah J. Thomas (Houston): Possession of Controlled Substance-Marijuana w/Intent to Deliver (C Felony) (CR-2007-32).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2009 – Perry County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further felony criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application

Douglas Wakefield (Little Rock): Hot Check/Personal Service (B Felony) (CR-2006-3378).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2008 – Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Pamela J. Wilson (Jonesboro): Theft of Property-$500 or less or with subjective value (A Misdemeanor), Criminal Trespass-Occupiable Structure (B Misdemeanor) (CR-2007-736), Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR-2010-719).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2007 – Craighead County and 2010  – Craighead County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Anthony W. Wormley (Sacramento, CA): Hot Checks (C Felony) (CR-94-461), Hot Check Law (C Felony) (CR-99-83).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1994 – Jefferson County and 2000 – Jefferson County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant restoration of firearm rights only to the following person:

Tabitha Fondren (Fort Smith): Breaking And Entering (Reduced) (D Felony), Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR-2000-561), Forgery in the Second Degree (C Felony) (CR-2000-924), Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony), Possession of Ephedrine (D Felony) (CR-2000-261), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR-2001-284), Breaking or Entering (D Felony), Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (B Misdemeanor) (CR-2001-468).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2001 – Sebastian County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Sheriff of Sebastian County has signed the Recommendation of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer as required by law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant a commutation of sentence to the following person:

Jessie L. Buchanan (ADC #099656): Capital Murder (Y Felony) (1992-66).

The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Jessie L. Buchanan, who was convicted in Crittenden County in 1992 for the above offense, from Life without Parole in the Department of Correction to 35 years. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

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