LITTLE ROCK — The state Parole Board on Thursday recommended against executive clemency for a convicted murderer who exposed another person to HIV while on parole.
Alan Lewis Doering, 49, pleaded guilty in Sebastian County Circuit Court to first-degree murder in 1995 in the slaying of 21-year-old Marcia Sims and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was paroled in 2009.
Last October, Doering pleaded guilty in Sebastian County Circuit Court to knowingly exposing another to HIV and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
After he applied for a executive clemency less than a year later, the Parole Board concluded Doering had not served enough time on the offense and voted unanimously to recommend to Gov. Mike Beebe that the clemency request was without merit.
In his clemency request, Doering maintained that he told his fiancee about his HIV status and after two months apart they got back together and are planning to get married. He referred to the charge to which he pleaded guilty “kind of a victimless crime.”
“Other people with the same charge only receive five years and honestly did not tell the person they had sex with,” Doering wrote in his clemency request. “Statements given in my case show that … my fiancee stated she was OK with my HIV and we are still getting married after she (tested) negative.”
Doering said he had been gainfully employed, did well in society and attended church in Fort Smith. He said the pastor of the church he attended could attest to “all the good work I did.”
The Sebastian County sheriff, prosecutor and the circuit judge who presided over Doering’s case all opposed clemency for him.