A Star City man and a Monticello man are among 12 people that Gov. Asa Hutchinson intends to pardon, according to a news release issued today.
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.
William Garrison of Star City was convicted of two counts of burglary and two counts of theft of property in Jefferson County. His probation on all four counts was revoked. The pardon is based on the dates of convictions (1988 and 1989), the fact that all terms of Garrison’s sentence have been completed, and he has had no further felony criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.
Robert A. Stout of Monticello was convicted aggravated assault in Lonoke County in 1992. The intended pardon is based on the date of conviction, the fact that all terms of the Stout’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further felony convictions. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.
The governor also announced he plans to commute the sentence of Leon Hardin, III, who was convicted in Drew County in 2006 on a charge of possession of cocaine with purpose to deliver. Hardin was sentenced to 660 months in prison. The sentence will be commuted to 240 months in prison. There are no law enforcement objections to Hardin’s application.
An additional 62 clemency requests were denied.