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For Immediate Release 09.03.2020

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant 17 pardons, one restoration of firearm rights only, and two commutations. An additional 52 clemency requests were denied and four 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:

Lisa Kirk Buchanan (Fayetteville): Failure to Appear (C Felony) (CR 97-1146), Violation of Arkansas Hot Check Law (C Felony) (CR 97-393), Violation of Arkansas Hot Check Law (C Felony) (CR 97-1178), Failure to Appear (C Felony) (CR 97-1656), and Forgery in the Second Degree (C Felony) (CR 98-243

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2018 – 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.

Marwan Darnell (Maumelle): Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR 2000-700)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2000 – 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.

Markus G. Fender (Greenwood): Theft of Property (C Felony)(CR 86-517)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1986 – Sebastian 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.

James W. Ferguson (De Witt): Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR 2001-277)

This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (2002 –  Lonoke 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.

Aaron W. Hickey (Texarkana): Manufacturing Methamphetamine (Y Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver (Y Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent Manufacture (B Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony), and Failure to Keep Records (D Felony) (CR 2001 000203)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2001 – 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.

JoLynn Branscum Hoover (De Queen): Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR-99-128)

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

Kenneth D. Huff, Jr. (Mountain View): Criminal Attempt to Manufacture-Marijuana (D Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance w/Intent to Deliver-Marijuana (C Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR 2005-22)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2005 – Stone 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.

Dennis D. Inskeep (Salesville): Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine (C Felony) and Carrying a Weapon (A Misdemeanor)(CR 97-258)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1997 – 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.

Michael Johnson (Mc Rae): Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, namely Methamphetamine (Y Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-2005-450)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2006 – 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.

Daniel King (The Woodlands, TX): Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) (C Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR 2009-256).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2009 –  White 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.

Kevin King (White Hall): Residential Burglary (B Felony), Theft of Property (B Felony) (CR 2004-30), Residential Burglary (B Felony) (CR 2005-8), Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR 2005-8), Residential Burglary (Revocation) (B Felony) (CR 2004-30A), Theft Property (Revocation) (B Felony) (CR 2004-30A), Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR 2005-017-1)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2004 - Cleveland County, 2005 - Cleveland County, and 2005 - Bradley 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.

Cordia E. Purifoy (Warren): Endangering Welfare of Minor, 2nd Degree (Misdemeanor) (CR 87-987) and Hindering Apprehension (Misdemeanor) (CR 87-988).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1987 – 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.

Darryl E. Simmons (Pine Bluff): Theft of Property and Burglary (Felony) (CR 1977-212)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1978 – Jefferson 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 S. Stogsdill (Cabot): Manufacture of Methamphetamine (Y Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony), Maintaining a Drug Premises (D Felony)(CR 2000-002799), and Possession of Ephedrine with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (D Felony)(CR 2002-500

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2002 – Pulaski County and 2002 - Faulkner), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Faulkner County Judge has objections to the application.

Troy L. Stogsdill (Alexander): Manufacture of Methamphetamines (Y Felony), Possession of Meth with Intent to Deliver (Y Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia w/Intent to Manufacture (B Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony), Maintaining Drug Premises (D Felony) (CR 2000-002799), Possession of Ephedrine w/Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (CR-2002-501)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2002 – Pulaski County and 2002 - Faulkner County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further felony criminal-law violations. The Faulkner County Judge has raised objections to the application.

Truc Trantham (Fort Smith): Domestic Battery-3rd Degree (A Misdemeanor) and Endangering Welfare of Minor-2nd Degree (A Misdemeanor)  (CR 08-5003745).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2008 – 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.

Antonio Trotter (Winchester): Possession of Controlled Substance-Crack (C Felony)(CR 99-200-1) and Second Degree Forgery, 5 counts (C Felony)(CR 2001-126-1).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2000 – Drew County and 2001 - Desha 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.

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

Donald M. Ferris (Mabelvale): Breaking or Entering (D Felony) (CR 2001-3567)

This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (2002 – Pulaski), 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 Pulaski 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 a commutation of sentence to the following people:

James D. Brooks (ADC #076656): Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Habitual Offender) (Y Felony) and Possession of Controlled Substance w/Intent (Habitual Offender) (Y Felony) (1990-1328) (Guilty Plea).

The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of James D. Brooks, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 1991 for the above offenses, from a total of 960 months to serve in the Department of Correction to making him immediately parole eligible. The Prosecuting Attorney has raised objections to applicant's request.

John A. Abdullah (ADC #091732): Aggravated Robbery (Y Felony) (1988-1629) (Jury Trial)

The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of John A. Abdullah, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 1989 for the above offenses, from a total of Life to serve in the Department of Correction to making him immediately parole eligible. There are no law enforcement objections to applicant's request.

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