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For Immediate Release 04.05.2019

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant 7 pardons and 1 commutation. An additional 51 clemency requests were denied and 6 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:

Brent A. Buster (Ward): Burglary-Commercial (C Felony) and Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR 2002-563).

This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (2003 – White 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.

Michael Haney (Huntsville): Manslaughter (Felony) and Driving under the Influence of Intoxicating Beverages (Felony) (CR 81-21).

This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (1982 – Madison 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 applicant's request.

Israel Hinds (Anthem, AZ): Battery-2nd Degree (D Felony) (CR 2006-78).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2007 – Logan 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 applicant’s request.

Adam Jones (Batesville): Hot Checks (C Felony) (CR 2003-54).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2003 – Baxter 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.

Diamonnic Simmons (Little Rock): Breaking or Entering (D Felony) and Theft of Property >$200 (C Felony) (CR 87-02576); Breaking or Entering (D Felony), Theft of Property (B Felony) and Theft by Receiving (C Felony) (CR 88-00772); Aggravated Robbery (Y Felony), Theft of Property (C Felony), and Handguns-Possession on School Property (D Felony) (CR 90-00090); Petition Revocation (D Felony), Breaking or Entering (Revocation) (D Felony), and Theft of Property (Revocation) (B Felony) (CR 88-00772).

This notice is issued based on the dates of convictions (1988, 1988, 1990, and 1991 – 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.

Emily Fletcher Waldrop (Scottsdale, AZ): Negligent Homicide (C Felony) (CR 2000-74).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2001– Crittenden 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 applicant’s request.

Cornelious J. Hollinshed (Hot Springs): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (C Felony) (CR 2006-25).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2006 – Scott 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 applicant’s request.

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant a commutation of sentence to the following person:

Shirley A. Danner (ADC #701668): Murder-1st Degree (Unclassified Felony) (1975-79A).

The Governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Shirley A. Danner, who was convicted in Crittenden County in 1975 for the above offense, from a life sentence in the Arkansas Department of Correction to making her immediately parole eligible. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

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