Saturday, July 12, 2008
Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intention to grant 5 pardons. He also denied 23 requests for clemency and took no action on 47 others. The Arkansas News Bureau reports one of the denials involved a man who shot and killed his his estranged wife back in 1973. Bill Nelson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and the denial is reported to be "the third time a governor has gone against a state Parole Board recommendation that Nelson be granted executive clemency." The offenses involved in the five pardons were: assault with intent to commit robbery (1970), possession of a controlled with intent to deliver (1999), possession of marijuana and having no automobile insurance (1998), breaking and entering (1976), aggravated assault (1994) and theft of property (1997). The governor said all five of the persons pardoned had completed their sentences and have not been charged with a crime since." See story here.