Asa Hutchinson

 

A Drew County man, convicted 20 years ago of drug possession and forgery, and a Bradley County resident convicted of two misdemeanors 33 years ago are among 17 applicants Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he intends to pardon.

Hutchinson on Thursday announced his intent to pardon Antonio Trotter of Winchester, Cordia E. Purfoy of Warren, and 15 others.

Antonio Trotter was convicted of possession of a controlled substance (crack) in 2000 in Drew County and five counts of second-degree forgery in Desha County in 2001. He has completed all of the terms of his sentence and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to Trotter’s application.

Cordia E. Purifoy was convicted in Pulaski County in 1987 of second-degree endangering a minor and hindering apprehension, both misdemeanors. Purifoy has completed all of the terms of the sentence and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to Purifoy’s application.

Hutchinson intends to pardon 15 others who were convicted of crimes ranging from violation of the state’s hot check law to drug crimes, theft, and battery.

Hutchinson intends to restore firearms rights only to an applicant convicted of breaking or entering 18 years ago. He also announced his intent to commute the sentences of two Arkansas Department of Correction inmates making them parole eligible.

There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the notices before final action is taken. Hutchinson denied 52 clemency requests and took no action on four others.