Gov. Asa Hutchinson is planning to grant five pardons and three commutations.
The five pardons are all for Arkansas individuals. In a press release, the five individuals were identified as Jesse Flack of Conway, Tabitha Fondren of Fort Smith, Craig Smith of Mabelvale and James K. Walters of Dover.
Drane had one violation listed, which was an Arkansas Hot Check Law violation.
Flack had a violation of the Arkansas Hot Check Law, five counts of Forgery II, one count of fraudulent use of a credit card, and a Hot Check violation.
Fondren’s charges included breaking or entering, theft of property, forgery in the second degree, possess of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief in the second degree.
Smith’s charges included manufacture of a controlled substance – marijuana, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Walters had a jump tampering violation.
All of these individuals had no law enforcement objections, according to the press, and had completed all terms of their sentence.
The three commutations are planned for Kentrell L. Hill, Tommy L. Lucky and Tywanna F. Martin.
Hutchinson is planning to commute Hill’s sentence from of 1,620 months or 135 years in the Department of Correction to making him immediately eligible for parole.
His charges are listed as follows in the release: Del Cont Subs, 2 counts and Poss of Cont Subs W/Intent, 1 count (Habitual Offender) (Y Felony), Poss Cont Subs 2nd offense (Habitual Offender) (D Felony), Poss Drug Paraphern. (Habitual Offender) (C Felony), Maintaining Drug Premises (Habitual Offender) (D Felony), and Dist Near Crtn Facilities Enhancement, 3 counts (Unclassified) (2004-110) (Jury Trial). Hill was convicted in 2005 in Ouachita County.
Reportedly, there have been no law enforcement objections to this request.
Lucky’s sentence is being commute from 100 years in the Department of Correction to immediate parole eligibility. A prosecuting attorney has raised objections to this request.
Hutchinson intends to commute Martin’s sentence from life without parole to time served for a capital murder charge. Martin was convicted in Pulaski County in 1978 on the felony murder charge. Both the Pulaski County Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney have raised objections to this request.
In addition to these requests, there were 46 clemency requests denied and one that had no action taken.