Parole board recommends four from Southeast Arkansas for pardons


Four Southeast Arkansas residents were among 17 people recommended for pardons by the Arkansas Parole Board Wednesday.

Eleven other people, including one from Southeast Arkansas, had their applications for pardons turned down, and the board rejected applications from 29 people who wanted their sentences commuted, including three from Southeast Arkansas.

The recommendations will be sent to Gov. Mike Beebe, who will make the final decision on the board’s recommendations.

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

• LaShonda Dixon, Jefferson County, theft (shoplifting).

• Bryan Stephens, Jefferson County, possession of cocaine.

• Dale L. Clary, Grant County, residential burglary, theft of property, theft of public benefits.

• Dedrick Harris, Lincoln and Pulaski Counties, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, theft by receiving.

The pardon application of Gary S. Ferguson, who was convicted in Drew County of second-degree battery and a probation revocation, was rejected.

The following people from Southeast Arkansas who are currently serving prison sentences and applied to have those sentences commuted were also turned down.

• Robert Earl Webb, Jefferson and Pulaski County, two counts theft by receiving, fleeing, two counts first-degree criminal mischief, theft of property and being an habitual offender.

• Jameko Williams, Ashley County, manufacture, delivery or possession of controlled substances, terroristic act and manufacture, delivery or possession of controlled substances as an habitual offender.

• Betty Stone, Dallas, Bradley and Drew Counties, four counts fraud, etc., drug paraphernalia, six counts criminal attempted fraud, etc, drug paraphernalia as an habitual offender.