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For Immediate Release 10.05.2020

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant 12 pardons and three commutations. An additional 71 clemency requests were denied. 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:

Joel Brown (Lavaca): Possession of Methamphetamine (Reduced) -2 counts (C Felony) (CR 99-48).

This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1999 – Crawford 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.

Ronald J. Christopher (Russellville): Battery-2nd Degree (D Felony) (CR 98-478), Battery-2nd Degree (Revocation) (D Felony) (CR 98-478) and Delivery of Controlled Substance-2 counts (Y Felony) (CR 99-314).

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

Nolan P. Dill (Jonesboro): Burglary-Residential (B Felony) and Theft of Property ($500) (C Felony) (CR 2009-1228) and Burglary-Residential (B Felony) (CR 2009-501).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2009 – Craighead County and 2011–Poinsett 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.

Bobby D. Gilstrap (Charleston): Fleeing by Vehicle (D Felony) (CR 2001-36) and Possession of Controlled Sub/Marijuana (C Felony) (CR 2001-85).

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

Larry D. Page (Hamburg): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (U Felony) (CR 85-44).

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

Ernest Pattyn (Pearcy): Possession of Marijuana with Intent (C Felony) (CR 99-346-II).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2000 – Garland 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 B. Rushing (West Memphis): Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (B Felony) (CR-2001-726), Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Y Felony) (CR 2001-727), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (B Felony) (CR 2001-864A), Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Revocation) (Y Felony) (CR 2001-727), Possession Of Ephedrine (D Felony) and Driving While Licensed Cancelled, Suspended, or Revoked (U Misdemeanor) (CR-2002-310).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2001 – Crittenden County, 2002 – Crittenden 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. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Fatima O. Thurman-Stepps (Little Rock): Hot Check/Personal Service (C Felony) (CR 97-003652).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1998 – 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.

Stephen Wheeler (Ozark): Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR 2007-174).

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

Marshawn C. Wilbourn (Sherwood): Violation of Hot Check Law (C Felony) (CR 97-984-1)and Hot Check (10.01 to 100.00) (Misdemeanor) (CR 98-3-13781).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1998 – Jefferson County and 1998 – Arkansas County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further Arkansas criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Jeffrey D. Williams (Bono): Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (B Felony) (CR 2001-66), Possession Pseudoephedrine with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (D Felony) (CR 2001-66), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR 2001-68), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Revocation) (C Felony) (CR 2001-66), Possession of Pseudoephedrine with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Revocation) (D Felony) (CR 2001-66), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Revocation)(C Felony)(CR 2001-68), Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony)(CR 2003-119), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony)(CR 2003-119).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2002 – Randolph County and 2003 – Randolph 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.

Dana J. Young (El Dorado): Drug Fraud (C Felony) (CR-2003-0625), Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud-Forged Prescription (C Felony) (CR-2004-0404), and Drug Fraud (C Felony) (CR-2003-0625-4).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2004 – Union County and 2005 – Union County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further Arkansas felony criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

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

Ibraheem A. Shabazz (ADC #082672): Poss Cocaine w/intent to Del (Y Felony) (1989-126). 

The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Ibraheem A. Shabazz, who was convicted in Sebastian County in 1989 for the above offenses, from life in the Department of Correction to making him immediately parole eligible. The Prosecuting Attorney has raised objections to applicant's request.

Dewayne E. Withers/al-jalil (ADC #086770): Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent (Habitual Offender) (Y Felony) (1990-1555).

The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Dewayne E. Withers/al-jalil, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 1991 for the above offenses, from life in the Arkansas Department of Correction to making him immeditely parole eligible. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Elvis Walker (ADC #095341): Capital Murder, 2 counts (Y Felony) (1990-1307) and Burglary (Probation Revocation) (B Felony) (1989-1751) (Jury Trial).

The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Elvis Walker, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 1990 and 1991 for the above offenses, from life in the Department of Correction to 450 months. The Prosecuting Attorney has raised objections to applicant's request.

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