Press Release

Asa Arkansas's Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
08.25.2017

Gov. Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Clemency to Jason McGehee

Sentence to be Commuted from Death to Life Without Parole

LITTLE ROCK –  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today his intent to grant clemency to Jason McGehee based upon the Parole Board’s recommendation earlier this year. The clemency would commute McGehee’s sentence from Death to Life Without the Possibility of Parole.

“My intent to grant clemency to Mr. McGehee is based partly on the recommendation of the Parole Board to commute his sentence from Death to Life Without Parole,” said Governor Hutchinson. “In making this decision I considered many factors including the entire trial transcript, meetings with members of the victim’s family and the recommendation of the Parole Board. In addition, the disparity in sentence given to Mr. McGehee compared to the sentences of his co-defendants was a factor in my decision, as well.”

Jason F. McGehee (ADC #000946) was convicted in Circuit Court of Boone County on January 8, 1998, of Capital Murder (Y Felony) in killing of John Melbourne Jr. and sentenced to Death. It should be noted that the presiding Judge has recommended clemency. The Boone County Prosecutor and Sheriff have raised objections. 

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