Bobby Ray Green

Bobby R. Green, the subject of a two-day manhunt in Southeast Arkansas in August 2001, applied to have his prison sentence commuted, but was turned down Tuesday by the Arkansas Parole Board.

A Desha County jury in March 2002 convicted Green, now 65, of first-degree escape, three counts of kidnapping, four counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of theft, and possession of a firearm after he and another inmate escaped from a Cummins Unit work detail.

In a ruse to get a prison guard to take them to the infirmary, Green and the other inmate left a can of tuna in the hot August sun then ate the spoiled fish. As the guard was escorting them to his truck to drive them to the prison infirmary, they jumped the guard and stole his truck. The prison truck was later recovered in Lincoln County where Green and his accomplice stole another man’s truck and continued south toward Dumas.

In Desha County, the inmates broke into a home near Pickens where they took an off-duty prison guard and his daughter hostage and stole their car. After crashing the car on a dusty road, the escapees fled on foot. The hostages were later found unharmed.

Green’s accomplice was captured the day of the escape and reportedly committed suicide in his cell the following day.

Green was captured in a cotton field two days after the escape. He was convicted and sentenced as a habitual offender to life in prison, plus 110 years. Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen prosecuted the case.

Green’s prior convictions included aggravated robbery and theft in Pulaski County. He was sentenced in 1984 to 40 years in prison for those crimes. In 2000, he was arrested on bank robbery charges in California and returned to Arkansas.

The Arkansas Parole Board on Tuesday also rejected the sentence commutation application of Jamie Hemphill of Bradley County. Hemphill was sentenced in 2013 to 14 years in prison for robbery and residential burglary.

The parole board determined that the applications for a pardon from two other Bradley County residents have merit. The Bradley County applicants who were determined to be with merit, the county of conviction and crime convicted of were as follows:

Clifton W. Baxter, Bradley County, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of alprazolam with purpose to deliver.

Beverly K. Clanton, Bradley County, two counts possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation revocation.