Ark. Governor Plans To Shorten Inmate's Sentence
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe's office says he plans to shorten an inmate's prison sentence from 240 years to 40 years.
Beebe's office said Friday the governor intends to grant a commutation of sentence to 52-year-old Larry Brothers.
The governor's office said Brothers was convicted in 2001 of fleeing, theft by receiving, criminal use of a prohibited weapon and several drug charges.
Beebe's office says a notice of intent to grant a commutation issued Friday is based on the length of time Brothers has served and the facts surrounding the incident.
Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample says they felt shortening Brothers' sentence would be just. DeCample says the commutation means Brothers would be eligible for parole in 9 years. The governor's office said the Jackson County Sheriff objected to the application.
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