Friday, April 4, 2008
The state parole board has recommended that Governor Mike Beebe grant 12 commutations of sentence, including 3 commutations of life sentences for three convicted murderers - Bobby Charles Nelson, Enous O'Neal Jr. and Jerry Sims - all of whom were convicted of first-degree murder (in 1972, 1972 and 1984 respectively). Nelson says that he is sorry for his actions, but explains that he was helping a friend in a fight. O'Neal claims he shot someone accidentally while hunting deer at night. The board also recommended that Beebe grant 15 pardons. See story here and here.