Lincoln County man recommended for pardon


A Lincoln County man originally convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver was recommended for a pardon by the Arkansas Parole Board on Monday.

Gary W. Weeks was the only person from Southeast Arkansas to draw a favorable recommendation from the board. That recommendation will be sent to Gov. Mike Beebe who will make the final decision on whether to grant a pardon.

The board said the applications of Roderick A. Donley of Jefferson County and Jenelle K. Garrett, who had convictions in three counties including Drew County, were without merit.

Donley had previously been convicted of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and furnishing prohibited articles.

Garrett’s prior convictions included hot checks, theft of property, second-degree forgery and financial identity fraud.

Also Monday, the parole board rejected requests to recommend that the sentences of 30 people, including six from Southeast Arkansas, be commuted by the governor.

Applicants from Southeast Arkansas who wanted their sentences commuted, crimes they were convicted of and county of conviction are as follows:

• Timothy Burchfield, two counts delivery, manufacture of possession of a controlled substance, fraud etc., drug paraphernalia, Drew County.

• Earline Hicks, manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance (probation revocation), fraud etc., drug paraphernalia (probation revocation), possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine, cocaine, possession of controlled substance schedule I. II, methamphetamine, cocaine, Jefferson County.

• Cynthia Holloway, engaging in a violent criminal group activity, first-degree battery, endangering the welfare of a minor in the first-degree (probation revocation), Ashley County.

• Mitchell Jackson, theft by receiving (habitual offender), felon in possession of a firearm (habitual offender), Bradley County.

• James Leggins, burglary, two counts aggravated robbery, first-degree battery, aggravated assault, Mississippi, Pulaski and Lincoln counties.

• Lori Pamplin, residential burglary, Grant County.