Parole Board recommends two from SE Arkansas for pardons


Two Southeast Arkansas residents were among 21 people from across the state recommended for pardons by the Arkansas Parole Board this week.

The board recommended that Gov. Mike Beebe pardon Patience Dean of Jefferson County and Floyd Robinson of Dallas County.

Dean was convicted of failure to appear, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of violating the Arkansas Hot Check Law, and Robinson was convicted of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

Both have completed all their sentences and paid all fines, fees, costs and/or restitution ordered by the courts.

Donald Strom, who was convicted in Grant County of three counts of manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance, two counts of drug paraphernalia and failure to keep records of distribution, was recommended for a sentence commutation by the board.

The final decision on all the recommendations will be made by the governor.

The Parole Board recommended against a request from Amanda Long Jenness, who was convicted of theft of property in Saline County, and theft of property, third-degree battery, possession of a controlled substance ecstasy and possession of drug paraphernalia in Jefferson County.

Applications for a sentence commutation filed by Isiah Dumas and Eddie Patrick from Jefferson County and John Luckett from Lincoln County also were turned down by the board.

Dumas was convicted of first-degree escape, kidnapping, two counts of theft of property, aggravated robbery and rape in Jefferson County and burglary, theft by receiving, and theft of property in Pulaski County.

Patrick was convicted of residential burglary, theft of property, second-degree domestic battery, theft by receiving, felon in possession of a firearm, rape and first-degree terroristic threatening in Jefferson County, and had his probation revoked.

Luckett was convicted in Lincoln County as a habitual offender for one count of second-degree murder and in Phillips County on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, one count of second-degree battery and one count of possession of a firearm on school property.