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For Immediate Release 05.05.2021

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant six pardons, three restoration of firearm rights only, and one commutation. An additional 57 clemency requests were denied and two 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:

Eddie K. Carlton (Searcy): Fraudulent Acquisition of Controlled Substance (Oxycodone) (C Felony) (CR 2011-239) and Fraudulent Acquisition of Controlled Substance (Oxycodone) (C Felony) (CR 2011-268).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2011 – 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.

Tarnisha L. Ferguson (El Dorado): Robbery (B Felony) (92-201).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1992 – Columbia 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.

Mark A. Foxhoven (Spencer, IA): Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR-81-86).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1981 – Benton 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.

Clyde Wheeler (Searcy): Sale of Controlled Substance, Marijuana-2 counts (C Felony) (CR-88-3). 

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1988 – 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.

Skyla J. White (Marion): Criminal Attempt-Theft (D Felony) (CR 2000-189).

This notice is issued based on the dates of convictions (2000 – Craighead 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.

Sean Wright (Prairie Grove): Theft by Deception (A Misdemeanor) (CR 2006-2803-1). 

This notice is issued based on the dates of convictions (2007 – 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.

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

Henry Valentine, Jr. (West Memphis): Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine (C Felony) (CR 94-298).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1994 – 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 Sheriff of Craighead County has signed the Recommendation of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer as required by law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Richard D. Lewis (Greenwood): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (C Felony) (CR-94-62-A-G) and Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR 98-203).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1995 – Sebastian County and 1998 –  Crawford 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 Sebastian County has signed the Recommendation of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer as required by law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Joseph Yager (Rogers): Theft of Property (A Misdemeanor) (CR 2009-1725) and Residential Burglary (B Felony) and Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR 2009-1726) and Theft of Property (Revocation) (A Misdemeanor) (CR 2009-1725) and Residential Burglary (B Felony) and Theft of Property (Revocation) (C Felony) (CR 2009-1726).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2011 – Benton County and 2014 – Benton 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 Benton 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:

Monte R. Gentry (ADC #136823): Simultaneous Possession of Drugs/Firearms (Habitual Offender) (Y Felony), Manufacture of a Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine) (Habitual Offender) (C Felony), and Maintaining a Drug Premises (Habitual Offender) (D Felony) (2005-4252).

The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Monte R. Gentry, who was convicted in Pulaski County in 2006 for the above offenses, from 720 months in the Department of Correction on count 1, 240 months in the Department of Correction on count 2 Consecutive, 144 months in the Department of Correction on count 3 Consecutive for a total of 92 years to making him immediately parole eligible. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

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