Parole approved for two more youthful murder offenders | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Parole approved for two more youthful murder offenders

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 7:46 AM

The state Parole Board last week approved parolefor two more of the people serving life without parole sentences for murders convicted when they were younger than 18. The reviews arise from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said automatic life without parole sentences for juveniles were unconstitutional. This has set in motion a string of resentencings and parole hearings.

Parole eligibility was granted for:

click to enlarge LAURA BERRY
  • LAURA BERRY
* Laura Berry, 50, who was 17 when she was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for the beating death of her great aunt, Nancy Sangalli, 68, of Texarkana. A co-defendant avoided the death penalty by testifying against Berry. She contended she was not present when her aunt was killed.


click to enlarge DUSTIN VICKERS
  • DUSTIN VICKERS
* Dustin Vickers, 44, was 17 when Kenneth Jackson of Little Rock was slain in October 1990. He has contended he was an accomplice, but not the man who shot Jackson during a drug deal. The charge against his accomplice was dropped in his return for testimony. Vickers turned down a plea bargain of 20 years.

Both remain jailed pending approval of parole plans. Their paroles came with a variety of additional conditions such as employment or community service if not employed, curfews and mental health counseling.

Tags: , , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • PS: Casino amendment includes sports betting

    A casino gambling amendment now cleared for the gathering of petitions to qualify for the ballot could bring sports wagering to casinos if approved.
    • May 24, 2018
  • An open line and daily news summary

    Here's the daily roundup of news and comment, plus your opportunity at an open discussion.
    • May 24, 2018
  • Let the debate challenges begin

    Democrat Josh Mahony challenges Thrid District Rep. Steve Womack to a series of debates beforre their November general election contest.
    • May 24, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation