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For Immediate Release

02.03.2017

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant six pardons, one restoration of firearms rights only and one commutation. An additional 42 clemency requests were denied and three 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:

Dawn Shirley Heymach (Ward): Theft of Property (B Felony). 

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2005 – Craighead County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Circuit Judge has raised objections to the application.

Reginald M. Johnson (Leesville, LA): Breaking and Entering, seven counts (D Felonies) and Theft of Property, three counts (B Felonies).  

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

Harold Jones, Jr. (Little Rock): Theft of Property (C Felony) and Forgery in the 1st Degree (B Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1979 – Chicot 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.

Bradford J. Martin (Batesville): Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine (C Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Use (C Felony). 

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2002 – Independence 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.

David L. Ramsey (Cottonton, AL): Theft of Property (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1978 – 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 Yeager (Van Buren): Burglary, three counts (B Felony), Theft of Property, three counts (C Felony), Theft by Deception (C Felony) and Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1992 and 1996 – Crawford County, 1994 and 1995 – Sebastian County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Crawford County Sheriff and the Sebastian County Prosecutor have raised objections to the application.

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant restoration of firearms rights only to the following person:

Carl U. Atkins (Nashville): Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Marijuana (C Felony). 

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2002 – Howard 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 Howard 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 commutation to the following person:

Jimmy D. Doyle (ADC #131654): Criminal Attempt to Manufacture Methamphetamine (A Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, two counts (C Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, two counts (Y Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, two counts (B Felony), Criminal Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine (A Felony), Simultaneous Possession of Drugs/Firearms (Y Felony) and Possession of Ephedrine (D Felony). 

The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Jimmy D. Doyle, who was convicted in Randolph County and Lawrence County in 2004 for the above offense, from a total of 960 months to serve in the Arkansas Department of Correction to being immediately parole eligible. The Randolph County Sheriff has raised objections to the application.

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