Press Release

Asa Arkansas's Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
06.05.2017

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant three pardons, one restoration of firearm rights only, and one commutation of a sentence. An additional 53 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:

Roger Garner, Jr. (Searcy): Burglary, 2 counts (B Felony), Theft of Property, 1 count (C Felony), and Theft of Property, 1 count (A Misdemeanor).

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

Marcus J. Martin (Morrilton): Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony).

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

Rickey W. Owens (Waldron): Possession of a Controlled Substance (C Felony) and Possession of Instruments of Crime (A Misdemeanor).

This notice is issued based on the date of convictions (1998 and 2012 – Scott 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 firearms right only to the following person:

Andy W. Hogg (Dierks): Robbery (B Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1995 – Sevier 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 Howard 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 person:

Jimmy E. Nelson (ADC #092971): Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Habitual Offender) (B Felony), Possession of Ephedrine (Habitual Offender) (B Felony), Possession of Marijuana (Probation Revocation) (D Felony) and Failure to Appear (C Felony).

The governor has given notice of his intent to commute the sentence of Jimmy E. Nelson, who was convicted in Benton County in 2001 and in Washington County in 2004 for the above offenses, from a total of 636 months to serve in the Arkansas Department of Correction to 360 months in the Arkansas Department of Correction with all counts concurrent. The Washington County Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney and the Benton County Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney have raised objections to the application.

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