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Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Commutations, Pardons

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant two commutations and three pardons. An additional 49 clemency requests were denied and 17 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

Governor Beebe issued a notice of intent to grant the following person a commutation from life in prison to a term of 45 years in the Department of Correction:

James Stanton (Tucker): Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearm, Felon in Possession of Firearm
This notice is issued based on the length of time served by the applicant and the facts surrounding the incident. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Governor Beebe issued a notice of intent to grant the following person a commutation from consecutive sentences totaling 95 years in the Department of Correction to concurrent sentences totaling 40 years in the Department of Correction:

Donald Strom (Calico Rock): Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Drug Premises.
This notice is issued based on the length of time served by the applicant and the facts surrounding the incident. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

The three 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 commutations and pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

John E. Bamburg, Jr. (Fayetteville): Possession of Methamphetamine
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1995 - 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.

Michael L. Loy (Caddo Valley): Burglary, Grand Larceny, Theft by Receiving
This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1975, 1977 - Clark County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentences have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Steve W. Spears (Sherwood): Possession of Cocaine
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1989 - 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.