Hutchinson Intends to Grant Executive Clemency

AR Governor Asa Hutchinson

AR Governor Asa Hutchinson

Press Release: Yesterday (Monday July 6), AR Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his intent to grant eight pardons and one commutation. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the notices before final action is taken.

The applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences.

An additional 37 clemency requests (from both inmates and non-inmates) were denied, and 11 had no action taken upon them.

According to a press release, Gov. Hutchinson intends to grant pardons to the following people: 

Carl W. Burkholder (Chandler, AZ): Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Cocaine (C Felony) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Cocaine (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1980—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.

Raymond T. Flowers (Hamburg): Theft of Property (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1983—Little River 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.

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Billy J. Gibson (Fort Smith): Conspiracy Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver (Reduced) (A Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1999—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.

Mary Williams Hartfield (Little Rock): Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Y Felony) and subsequent felony conviction Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1994 and 1995—Pulaski 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.

Jeffrey S. Jacks (Rison): Battery 3rd Degree (Misdemeanor).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2005—Rison District Court), 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 W. Jones (Natural Dam): Three counts of Breaking or Entering (D Felony), four counts of Theft of Property (C Felony), Theft of Property (B Felony) and two counts of Theft by Receiving (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1993—Crawford County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Prosecuting Attorney has raised objections to the application.

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Bennie R. Kelly (Killeen, TX): Forgery 1st Degree (B Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1981—Ouachita 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.

Teresa M. Reynolds (Little Rock): Delivery, Possession or Manufacture of Drugs (Felony), Forgery 1st Degree (B Felony), Theft by Receiving (C Felony) and Endangering Welfare of Minor (Misdemeanor).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1996—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.

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant commutation to the following person:

Billy R. Marts, II: Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver (Y Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony).

The Governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Billy R. Marts, II to 30 years based on the length of time served by the applicant, who was convicted in Sebastian County in 1997, and extenuating circumstances occurring at the time of his trial. Marts was previously sentenced to Life on count 1 and 36 months in the Department of Correction for the above offenses. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

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