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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

Date: 12.07.22

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant 42 pardons, three restorations of firearm rights only, and two commutations. An additional 52 clemency requests were denied and two had no action taken upon them. 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: Richard Alexander (Morrilton): Delivery of a Controlled Substance, 4 Counts (Y Felony) and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, 1 Count (C Felony) (CR-92-50). This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1992 – Conway 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. Christy L. Bashaw (Huntsville): Theft By Receiving (C Felony) (CR 99-21). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1999 – Washington 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.  Jillian S. Booth (Jacksonville): Theft of Property (B Felony) and Filing a False Report of Crime (D Felony) (CR-2002-28).  This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2002 – 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. Jeremy L. Boze (Briggsville): Theft Of Property (B Felony) (CR-2000-44).  This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2001 – Yell County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further felony criminal-law violations. The Prosecuting Attorney has raised objections to the application. Sharra Burks (Little Rock): Hot Check Violation (C Felony) (CR-2007-453), Hot Check Violation (Probation Revocation) (C Felony) (CR-2007-453). This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (2008 – Pulaski County and 2010 – 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. Darryl Burrell (Pine Bluff): Breaking or Entering (D Felony) (CR 1989-16), Breaking or Entering (D Felony) (CR 1989-17), and Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (D Felony) (CR 1991-569). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1989 – Arkansas County and 1991 – 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. Jason Carpenter (Lepanto): Possession of Paraphernalia (B Felony) (CR-1999-615) and Possession Drug Paraphernalia w/Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Probation Revocation) (B Felony) (CR-1999-615). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2000 – Crittenden County and 2001 – Crittenden 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. Gary L. Clark (Little Rock): Criminal Trespass (U Misdemeanor) (LRCR-95-1995), Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession of Controlled Substance (Y Felony) (CR-96-250), Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Cocaine (Y Felony), and Loitering for Narcotics (C Misdemeanor) (CR-05-3096). This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1996 – Pulaski County and 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. Michael K. Ellison (Fayetteville): Domestic Battery 3rd Degree (A Misdemeanor) (C-9810492). 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. Gaylon P. Foote (Greenwood): Theft by Receiving, 3 Counts (B Felony) (CR-1998-817), Theft by Receiving (B Felony) (GCR-2000-15), and Theft by Receiving (C Felony) (GCR-2009-120). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1999 – Sebastian County, 2000 – Sebastian County, and 2010 – 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. Rodney Freeman (Proctor): Possession of a Controlled Substance (C Felony) (CR-2001-493). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2001 – Crittenden 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. Kenneth Garner (Sherwood): Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine (C Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-99-149), Possession of Firearm by a Certain Persons (D Felony) (CR-02-142), Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine (C Felony) (Revocation) (CR-99-149), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (Revocation) (CR-99-149), Manufacture Schedule I/II Controlled Substance less than 28G, (Meth) (A Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule I/II, (Meth) (C Felony), and Possession with Intent to Manufacture (D Felony) (CR-2004-1470). This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (1999 – Lonoke County, 2002 – Lonoke County, and 2004 – Faulkner County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Lonoke County Circuit Judge and Faulkner County Sheriff have raised objections to applicant's request. John Gregg (Richmond, TX): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (C Felony) (CR-87-157). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1987 – Crittenden 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. Dale Gulley (Prescott): Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor) (CR-1992-1430), Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine (C Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-96-56), Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine (C Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-96-56) (probation revocation).  This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1992 – Nevada County, 1997 – Nevada County, and 2000 – Nevada 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. Linda K. Hild (Lavaca): Theft of Property (B Felony) (GCR-2002-154). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2003 – 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. Denny L. Hoover (Mountain Home): Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana (A Misdemeanor), Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine (C Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR 1996-157. This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1996 – Baxter 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. Jesse T. Howell (Atkins): Residential Burglary (B Felony) and Theft of Property less than $2500 but greater than $500 (CR 2001-257). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2001 – 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. Anthony Hunt (Jacksonville): Battery-2nd Degree (D Felony) (CR-2003-0078). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2003 – 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. Leifel G. Jackson (North Little Rock): Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Marijuana (Felony) (CR-80-1376), Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Marijuana (Felony) (CR-80-1377), Theft by Receiving (C Felony) (CR-87-565), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (D Felony) (CR-90-2357). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1981 – Pulaski County, 1987 – Pulaski County, and 1991 – Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further Arkansas criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application. Roy E. Johnson (Sparkman): Terroristic Threatening 1st Degree (D Felony) (CR-96-55). This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (1996 – Clark 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. Matthew P. Kisling (Dardanelle): Breaking And Entering (D Felony) (CR-2002-69). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2003 – Yell 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. Donald S. Leistikow (Lonoke): Manufacture of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine (Y Felony) (CR-2006-168), Possession of a controlled substance Methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR-2006-168), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (B Felony) (CR-2006-168), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-2006-168), Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms (Y Felony) (CR-2006-168), and Possession of Pseudoephedrine, Ephedrine, or Phenylpropanolamine with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (D Felony) (CR-2006-168), Theft of Property (B Felony)(CR-2006-175), Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR-2006-175), Theft of Property (A Misdemeanor) (CR-2006-175), Breaking or Entering (D Felony) (CR-2006-175), Endangering the Welfare of a Minor (D Felony) (CR-2006-175), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Manufacture (B Felony) (CR-05-559), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-05-559), and Maintaining Drug Premises (D Felony) (CR-05-559). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2008 – Sharp County and 2008 – 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. Brittany Rogers Lynch (Little Rock): Conspiracy to Possess a controlled substance w/Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine (A Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony), Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled substance Marijuana (A Misdemeanor), and Maintaining a Drug Premises (D Felony) (CR-2009-26). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2009 – 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. Franklin E. Moss (Palmetto, FL): Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (A Misdemeanor) (CR 89-71-4) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (C Felony) (CR 89-189). This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1989 – Hempstead County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further Arkansas criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application. Steven D. Murphy (Lonoke): Possession of Marijuana-2nd offense (D Felony) (CR-05-2526), Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamines (C Felony), Possession of Controlled Substance-Schedule I/II (C Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-04-645), Possession of Marijuana-2nd Offense (D Felony) (Probation Revocation) (CR-05-2526), Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-06-989), Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR-06-3519), Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine (C Felony), Driving while license cancelled-suspended or revoked (U Misdemeanor), Insurance Required-Minimum Coverage (U Misdemeanor), and Improper use of registration (U Misdemeanor) (CR-06-415), Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamines (C Felony), Possession of Controlled Substance-Schedule I/II (C Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-04-645) (Revocation). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2005 – Pulaski County, 2005 – Lonoke County, 2006 – Pulaski County, and 2006 – Lonoke County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Lonoke County Circuit Judge has raised objections to applicant's request. Norma Mae Overton Brown (Little Rock): Hot Check Violation (Revocation) (C Felony) (CR 1990-203), Hot Check Violation (C Felony) (CR 1990-1786), Shoplifting (Misdemeanor) (PBCR 93-5392), Theft of Property/Shoplifting (Misdemeanor) (PBCR 94-1198), and Theft by Receiving, 2 Counts, (C Felony) (CR 94-662-1 and CR 95-144-1). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1992 – White County, 1992 – Pulaski Count, 1993 – Pine Bluff, 1994 – Pine Bluff, and 1995 – Pine Bluff), 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. Robert Owens (Paragould): Burglary (B Felony) and Theft (C Felony) (CR 87-94), Burglary (B Felony) (CR 90-25), Burglary (B Felony) and Breaking or and Entering (D Felony) (CR 90-31), Burglary (B Felony) and Theft (C Felony) (CR 90-33), and Domestic Battery 3rd Degree (A Misdemeanor) (CR 98-4126). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1987 – Greene County, 1990 – Greene County, and 1998 – 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. Jerry Parsons (Fort Smith): Possession of Marijuana-2nd Offense (D Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C felony) (CR-96-353A). This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (1996 – 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. Debra L. Paul (Pine Bluff): Disorderly Conduct (C Misdemeanor) (PBCR 94-00361). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1994 – Pine Bluff), 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. James F. Pender (Pearcy): Possession of a Controlled Substance (C Felony) (CR 2001-398), Manufacturing a Controlled Substance (Y Felony) (CR 01-807), Possession of a Controlled Substance (C Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia w/Intent to Manufacture Meth (B Felony) (CR 2001-794). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2002 – Garland 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. Sean M. Powers (Marble Falls): Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, With Intent to Deliver (C Felony) and Possessing Instrument of Crime (A Misdemeanor) (CR 99-293) This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1999 – Boone 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. Crystal D. Pridgeon (Pine Bluff): Assault 2nd Degree (A Misdemeanor) (PBCC-12-7091). This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (2012 – 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. Cora McCray Pulley (Memphis, TN): Theft of Property (B Felony) (CR-81-25). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1981 – Mississippi 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. LeAndrew Ricks (Pine Bluff): Battery-1st Degree (B Felony) (CR-98-47). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1998 – Desha 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. Kimberly Burkhalter Rogers (North Little Rock): Theft of Property (B Felony) and Robbery (B Felony) (CR-2001-66), Residential Burglary (B Felony) and Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR-2002-607), Forgery-2nd Degree (C Felony) (CR-2002-2886), Forgery-2nd Degree-2 counts (C Felony) (CR-2002-2949), and Forgery-2nd Degree (C Felony) (CR-2003-3164). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2002 – Cleveland County, 2002 – Pulaski County, and 2003 – 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. Charles A. Shaw (Little Rock): Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine (Y Felony) (CR-90-92). This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (1990 – Saline 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. William C. Sims (Springfield): Possession of Controlled Substance-Schedule I/II (C Felony) (CR-2001-256), Fraud-Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-2001-256), Possession of Controlled Substance-Schedule I/II, Methamphetamine (Reduced from Possession w/Intent to Deliver) (C Felony) (CR-2001-922), Manufacture/Delivery/Possession Marijuana (Reduced From Possession w/ Intent to Deliver) (A Misdemeanor) (CR-2001-922), Forgery I (B Felony) (CR-2005-1142), Possession of Controlled Substance-Schedule I/II - Meth (Revocation) (C Felony) (CR-2001-256) and Fraud-Drug Paraphernalia (Revocation) (C Felony) (CR-2001-256), and Possession of Controlled Substance-Schedule I/II - Meth (Revocation) (C Felony) (CR-2001-922). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2003 – Faulkner County and 2006 – Faulkner County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further felony criminal-law violations. The Sheriff has raised objections to applicant's request. Charles W. Stewart, Jr. (Corning): Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR-96-69), Theft of Property (C Felony) (Probation Revocation) (CR-96-69), and Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR-01-27). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1998 – Randolph County, 1999 – Randolph County, and 2001 – Clay 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. Ray A. Thompson (Houston, TX): Violation of Protection Order (U Misdemeanor) (CR-08-5). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2009 – Boone 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. Olivia C. Tucker (Cordova, TN): Theft Of Property (C Felony) and Filing A False Report (D Felony) (CR-2001-414). This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (2001 – 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. Joshua D. Westenhover (Heber Springs): Theft By Receiving > $1,000=<$5,000 (D Felony) (CR-2013-32). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2013 – Faulkner 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. Terry W. Whitlock (Senath, MO): Violation of Act 590 (Controlled Substances) (CR 76-11). This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1977 – Clay 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 the restoration of firearm rights only to the following person: Michael D. Andrews (Fayetteville): Burglary (B Felony), Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR 85-907), Theft by Receiving (B Felony) (CR 86-722), Burglary, 3 counts (B Felony) and Theft of Property, 3 counts (C Felony), and Theft by Receiving (C Felony) (CR 88-745). This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (1986 – Washington County and 1989 – 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 of Washington County has signed the Recommendation of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer as required by law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application. James L. George (Heber Springs): Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine (C Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony), Failure to Keep Records-Maintaining Drug Premise (D Felony)(CR-2005-1621), and Theft Of Property (C Felony) (CR-2006-139). This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (2005 – Pulaski County and 2007 – Cleburne 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 Cleburne County has signed the Recommendation of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer as required by law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application. Jackie D. Weaver (Paragould): Burglary (B Felony) and Theft (C Felony) (CR-94-12). This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (1994 – Greene 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 Greene 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 people: Samuel Billingsley (ADC #056913): Murder-1st Degree (Unclassified Felony) (1965-4805) and Burglary (B Felony) (1965-4810). The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Samuel Billingsley, who was convicted in Ouachita County in 1965 for the above offenses, from a total of Life plus 5 years to serve in the Department of Correction to making him immediately parole eligible. There are no law enforcement objections to the applicant's request. Joshua B. Polston (ADC #143021): Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, to-wit: Methamphetamines (C Felony) and Forgery-1st Degree (B Felony) (CR-2013-21). The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Joshua B. Polston, who was convicted in Sharp County in 2014 for the above offenses, from a total of 240 months SIS to time served. There are no law enforcement objections to the applicant's request. CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov) Read More
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LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant 42 pardons, three restorations of firearm rights only, and two commutations. An additional 52 clemency requests were denied and two had no action taken upon them. These incl...