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Sherwood man granted pardon by governor

Gov. Mike Beebe announced recently his intent to grant a pardon to a Sherwood man.

Steve W. Spears of Sherwood was serving a sentence on a charge of Possession of Cocaine.

“This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1989 - Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations,” according to a statement issued recently by Governor Mike Beebe. “There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.”

He was among two commutations and three recent pardons. An additional 49 clemency requests were denied and 17 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

Beebe issued a notice of intent to grant the following person a commutation from life in prison to a term of 45 years in the Department of Correction:

The notice is issued based on the length of time served by the applicant and the facts surrounding the incident. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Beebe issued a notice of intent to grant people a commutation from consecutive sentences totaling 95 years in the Department of Correction to concurrent sentences totaling 40 years in the Department of Correction.

The three 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 commutations and pardons before final action is taken.

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