Monticello man on pardon list
LITTLE ROCK—Friday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced his intent to grant 12 pardons, two firearm rights only and one commutation—and a Monticello man was included in the list.
Robert A. Stout was on the governor’s list of intent to pardon. In 1992, Stout was convicted of aggravated assault (a Class D felony) in Lonoke County. According to the press release, the governor’s decision “is issued based on the date of conviction, the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further felony convictions. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.”
Also on Friday’s list was Leon Hardin III. Hutchinson has given notice of his intent to commute Hardin’s sentence from a total of 660 months to serve in the Arkansas Department of Correction to 240 months in the ADC with all counts concurrent.
Hardin was was convicted in Drew County in 2006 for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver (a Y felony) and, again according to the press release, “There are no law enforcement objections to the application.”
Others in Southeast Arkansas the governor intends to grant pardons to, according to Friday’s release, are Lee Collins of Pine Bluff, who was convicted of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in 1984 in Jefferson County; and Star City’s William Garrison, who was convicted of multiple counts of burglary, of theft of property and probation violation in Jefferson County in 1988 and 1989.
An additional 62 clemency requests were denied and none had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.
The applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the notices before final action is taken.