Parole Board recommends two for pardons, rejects two others


Two Jefferson County residents were recommended for pardons by the Arkansas Parole Board, while applications of two others were ruled to be without merit.

The board also said applications by three Southeast Arkansas residents to have their prison sentences commuted were without merit.

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

Recommended for pardons and the crimes they were convicted of were:

• Jacqueline R. Bennett, convicted of first-degree forgery, a probation revocation for first-degree forgery and first-degree battery.

• Beverly D. Heard, convicted of theft by receiving, a probation revocation for theft by receiving and felon in possession of a firearm.

Applicants who were ruled to be without merit and the crimes they were convicted of were:

• Annette Blair, convicted of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, a probation revocation for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, prostitution and carrying a weapon.

• Joyce A. Long, convicted of theft of property, third-degree domestic battery and second-degree battery.

The board recommended that the applications to commute the sentence of the following Southeast Arkansas residents were without merit. Those applicants, the county of conviction and crimes convicted of are as follows:

• Justin Smith, Jefferson County, two counts aggravated assault, committing a terroristic act and as an habitual offender for discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

• Michael Douglas, Drew County, rape, first-degree escape, kidnapping, theft of property, fraud, etc., drug paraphernalia as an habitual offender, failure to keep records as an habitual offender, two counts of manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance as an habitual offender, theft by receiving and two counts failure as a sex offender as an habitual offender.

• Ronald Green, Desha County, two counts manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance, probation revocation, aggravated assault probation revocation, four additional counts manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance as an habitual offender.