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Friday, September 29, 2006

Free at last -- or not so long last

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 7:37 PM

Gov. Mike Huckabee issued a batch of commutations and pardons today, some to shorten dramatically the sentences of meth manufacturers. OK by us. But his would-be Republican successor and Republican candidate for atty. gen. have been contesting to see who'd be the toughest on these sorts of folks. Sorry we couldn't post this before the guv and A$a broke bread tonight.

Confidential to Alice: Despite your statements to various media to the contrary, this is yet another news release not available on your website. Consider this an FOI request for same.

Meanwhile, on the jump, a copy of the list of those favored by the Huckster, courtesy of A Friend. Peruse it to see if your favorite thug was sprung.

HUCKABEE OFFICE NEWS RELEASE

Little Rock--Sep. 29--Gov. Mike Huckabee has denied the clemency requests of 63 people. .... [including] the clemency application of Bill McEntire. In 2002, McEntire was a firefighter with the Little Rock Fire Department. During this time, he managed to steal approximately $97,000 from an elderly woman who was a long-time friend of his family. The victim suffered from dementia and the early stages of Alzheimer's. He was convicted of theft of property and sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Correction with four years suspended contingent upon payment of restitution as ordered subsequent to his release from prison. McEntire had requested that the governor pardon him and restore his firearm rights.


The governor also commuted the sentences of the following people:


Matthew Blair was convicted in Cleburne County of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in 1998. He was sentenced to 60 years in the Department of Correction. The governor has granted Blair's request to commute his sentence making him immediately eligible for parole. The Parole Board recommended the granting of clemency.


 Paul Green was convicted in Garland County of manufacturing a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine in 2001. He was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Correction. The governor has granted Green's request to commute his sentence making him immediately eligible for parole. The Parole Board recommends the granting of clemency. Former State Representative Ted Mullenix and  prosecuting Attorney Steve Oliver supported Green's request.


 Geoffrey Lueken was convicted in Pulaski County of manufacturing a  controlled substance in 2004. He was sentenced to 10 years in the  Department of Correction. The governor has granted Lueken's request  to commute his sentence making him immediately eligible for parole. The Parole Board recommends the granting of clemency. Saline County Judge Lanny Fite and Sheriff Phil Mask support the request.

 The governor pardoned the following people: 


 Penny Jo Almond of Hot Springs, who was convicted in Benton County in  1994 of forgery and theft of leased property. She was sentenced to  four years probation which was extended by one year, one day in jail  with credit for one day served, $227.25 in costs, $1000 in restitution  to Benton County in lieu of a fine, $1191.84 victim restitution and  $350 in public defender fees. The Parole Board recommends the  granting of the application.


 Susan Berry of Eureka Springs, who was convicted in Carroll County in  1990 of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of drug  paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to six years in prison. The Parole Board recommends the  granting of the application. Circuit Judge Alan Epley, Prosecuting  Attorney Tony Rogers and Carroll County Sheriff Chuck Medford support  this request. 

Larretta Baker of Little Rock, who was convicted in Jefferson County  in 1999 of domestic battery third degree. She was sentenced to a  $1000 fine and costs with $500 suspended on the condition that she attend a domestic violence intervention program and her fine was  suspended in lieu of 100 hours of community service work. The Parole  Board recommends the granting of the application. Prosecuting Attorney Steve Dalrymple and Sheriff Boe Fontaine have no specific  objections.

Lara Buchanan of London, who was convicted in Johnson County in 2000  of possession of drug paraphernalia and sentenced to six months  probation and a $150 fine. The Parole Board recommends the granting  of the application. Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons and Johnson  County Sheriff Wes Kendrick support her request.

Penny Cook of Magnolia, who was convicted of possession of drug  paraphernalia and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act in Columbia County in 1996. She was sentenced to five years  probation, a $250 fine, $100 in costs, $250 in public defender fees  and had her driver's license suspended for 6 months. The Parole Board  recommends the granting of the application. Columbia County Sheriff  Calvin Knighton and Circuit Judge Larry Chandler support her request.

Rodney Ellis of Little Rock, who was convicted in Pulaski County in  1995 of possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to two  years probation and a $200 fine. The Parole Board recommends the  granting of the application.

Gwendolyn Gray of Little Rock, who was convicted in Phillips County in 1997 of residential burglary and theft of property. She was sentenced to five years suspended sentence, two years probation, $425 in fine and costs and 50 hours of community service. The Parole Board  recommends the granting of the application and Prosecuting Attorney  Fletcher Long does not oppose the request.

Dominick Guinn of Stafford, Texas, who was convicted in Jefferson  County in 1995 of terroristic threatening and breaking and entering  and sentenced to four years probation, $492 in fines and costs, $250  in restitution, 120 hours of community service and one day in the  Department of Correction. He was convicted in Garland County in 1995  of theft by receiving of a firearm and possession of a firearm by certain persons and sentenced to five years in the Department of  Correction. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the  application and Prosecuting Attorney Steven Oliver supports the  request.

Kerri Harris of Mabelvale, who was convicted in Pulaski County and Saline County in 1994 of theft of property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of an instrument of crime and sentenced to one year probation, one year suspended sentence and $1424.25 in fine and costs. She was also convicted in 1995 of loitering for narcotics and robbery and sentenced to five years probation, a $183.25 fine and committed to the Pulaski County Jail on fines and costs. Harris was convicted in 2002 of two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and sentenced to five years in the Department of Correction, suspension of her driver's license for six months and recommended for boot camp. Harris has since graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application and Pulaski County Circuit Judge Marion Humphrey has no objections.

Debra Hayes of Hot Springs, who was convicted in Jefferson County in 1993 of disorderly conduct. She was sentenced to $104.75 in fines and costs. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application. District Court Judge Kim Bridgeforth, Prosecuting Attorney Steve Dalrymple and Sheriff Boe Fontaine have no objections.

John Holifield of Blytheville, who was convicted in Mississippi County in 1972 of five counts of burglary and grand larceny. He was sentenced to six years in the Department of Correction. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application. State Senator Steve Bryles, Blytheville Mayor Barrett Harrison and Gosnell Mayor Dick Reams support the request.

Romanitha Jones of Little Rock, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 1999 of carrying a prohibited weapon. She was sentenced to one year suspended sentence, one year probation and $376 in fines and costs. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application.

Shalonda Joshua of North Little Rock, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 1998 of theft by receiving. She was sentenced to one year probation, a $50 fine and $76 in costs. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application.

Kenneth Kimble of Conway, who was convicted in Cleburne County in 1985 of aggravated assault. She was sentenced to two years probation (under the Youthful Offender Act), $605 in fines and costs, $242.32 in restitution and ordered to enter the Wilbur Mills Rehabilitation  Program. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application and Cleburne County Sheriff Dudley Lemon supports the request.

Sandra Lockhart-Burnett of Little Rock, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 1982 of theft of property. She was sentenced to one year probation, 10 days in jail and $397 on restitution. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application.

Tianna Marchese of Jonesboro, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 1997 of theft of property. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail with nine suspended and $375 in fines and costs. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application.

Brent McAnulty of Little Rock, who was convicted in Pope County in 1987 of theft of property and sentenced to two years probation and $428.25 in fines and costs. He was convicted in Pope County in 1992 of criminal attempt at fraudulent use of a credit card and criminal attempt at theft of property and sentenced to four years probation and $578 in fines and costs. He was convicted in Pulaski County in 1998 of theft of property and sentenced to one year probation, one year suspended sentence and $526 in fines and costs. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application and the victim in the 1987 Pope County case has no objections.

Terrance McFadden of Pine Bluff, who was convicted in Jefferson County in 1999 of shoplifting. He was sentenced to a $500 fine plus costs with fine suspended in lieu of 100 hours of community service. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application. 

Steve Morse of Mulberry, who was convicted in Sebastian County in 1993 of battery third degree. He was sentenced to one year suspended sentence and $285 in fines and costs. The Parole Board recommends the  granting of the application and the District Court has no objections. 


 Milisia Newman of Clinton, who was convicted in White County in 1997 of theft of property. She was sentenced to ten days in jail with  work release, $500 in fines and costs and 80 hours of community service. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application.

Donald Norman of Damascus, who was convicted in Jefferson County in 1994 of a violation of hot check laws. He was sentenced to three years probation. $263 in fines and costs and $995.11 in restitution. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application. Prosecuting Attorney Steve Dalrymple and Sheriff Boe Fontaine have no objections to the request.

Danny Rowe of Monticello, who was convicted in Boone County in 1994 of breaking and entering and theft of property and sentenced to four years probation, $1697.50 in fines and costs and $500 restitution . He was convicted in Boone County in 1995 of commercial burglary, theft of property, forgery and manufacturing a controlled substance and sentenced to four years probation, 10 years suspended sentence, 10 days in jail, $2100 in fines, $430 in costs $200 in attorney fees, $1312 in restitution and a one day orientation trip to the Department of Correction. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application. State Representative Roy Ragland and Searcy County Circuit Clerk Wesley Smith support the request.

Larry Speaks of Cabot, who was convicted in Jefferson County in 1965  of grand larceny. He was sentenced to three years suspended sentence. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application. Prosecuting Attorney Steve Dalrymple and Sheriff Boe Fontaine have no objections.

Judy Stone of Benton, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 1990 of  three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to five years in the Department of Correction. She was convicted in Pulaski County in 1996 of theft of property and sentenced to one year probation, one year suspended sentence, $301 in fines and costs and 10 days community service. She was convicted in Saline County in 1997 of possession of  a controlled substance and sentenced to 6 months suspended sentence  and $200 in fines and costs. She was convicted in Saline County in 1999 of possession of a controlled substance and possession of an instrument of crime and sentenced to a $1550 fine and suspension of  her driver's license for 6 months. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application and Saline County Sheriff Phil Mask has no objections.

Andrea Theodore of Houston, Texas, who was convicted in Saline County in 1998 of theft by receiving. She was sentenced to $275 in fines and costs. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application and Saline County Sheriff Phillip Mask does not oppose the request.

LaTonya Verser of Jacksonville, who was convicted in Jefferson County in 1997 of shoplifting. She was sentenced to $400 in fines and costs, 80 hours community service and ordered to attend a domestic violence intervention program. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application. Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgeforth, Prosecuting Attorney Steve Dalrymple and Sheriff Boe Fontaine have no objections.

James White of Greenwood, who was convicted in Sebastian County in 1993 of theft by receiving. He was sentenced to five years suspended sentence, one year probation and $1139.75 in fines and costs. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application.

Takiyah Williams of West Memphis, who was convicted in Crittenden County in 2004 of battery third degree. She was sentenced to one year suspended sentence, $400 in fines and costs and ordered to have no contact with the victim for one year. The Parole Board recommends the granting of the application.

Kasonia Wright of Jacksonville, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 1995 of carrying a weapon and sentenced to one year probation, one year suspended sentence, $801 in fines and costs and ten days community service. He was convicted in Pulaski County in 1996 of contempt of court and committed to jail on all previous fines and fees and had his probation was revoked. The Parole Board voted to recommend the granting of the application.


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 The Governor restored the firearm rights of the following: 

 Jeffery Burgess of North Little Rock, who was convicted in Pulaski  County in 1995 of forgery second degree, breaking and entering and theft of property. He was sentenced to five years probation with 10 days imposed and a $300 fine. The Parole board recommends the granting of the application and the Sheriff of Pulaski County signed the Recommendation of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Marion Humphrey has no objections to the request.

 

 

 

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