Parole board recommends three for pardons


The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended pardons for three Southeast Arkansas residents, including two from Jefferson County, and rejected one request for a pardon.

At the same time, the board rejected applications from four Southeast Arkansas residents who wanted the board to recommend that the governor commute the remainder of the sentence they are serving.

All of the recommendations will be forwarded to Gov. Mike Beebe, who will make the final decision.

The board can not approve or deny applications. They can only make recommendations.

Those recommended for pardons, the county of conviction and the charges were as follows:

• Bryan J. Tucker Sr., Jefferson County, unlawful copy or sale of recordings;

• Annette Blair, Jefferson County, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (probation revocation) and possession of drug paraphernalia (probation revocation);

• And Garrett D. Cowsert II, Dallas and Grant counties, possession of a controlled substance crystal methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.

The application of Thurman Hamaker, who was convicted of rape and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, was turned down.

Those who applications for sentence commutation, the county of conviction and the charges were as follows:

• Stacie Gardner, Cleveland County, four counts manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance;

• Larry Johnson, Dallas County, four counts manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance;

• Arthur Lee Miller, Drew County, sexual indecency with a child, second-degree sexual assault;

• Sean Rayfus, Jefferson County, breaking or entering (probation revocation), three counts aggravated robbery as an habitual offender, three counts theft of property as an habitual offender and two counts felon in possession of a firearm as an habitual offender.