Commutation of a life sentence for a Ouachita County women is among the pardons and commutations proposed this month by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Annie V. Ross, who according to the Arkansas Department of Corrections website is 87 years old, was convicted in 1983 of first-degree murder in the 1982 death of Sam Scott.
The commutation would make Ross immediately parole eligible. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.
Ross killed her boyfriend, Scott, on February 20, 1982, claiming that he was abusive. Ross has been recommended for sentence commutation in the past, but this is the first time that a governor has placed her on the commutation list.
Ross is being held at the McPherson Unit in Newport.
Hutchinson also intends to grant a pardon to one Magnolia resident. Jimmy D. Reeves Jr. was convicted in 2008 of three counts of theft of property. The governor issued his notice 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 criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.
In total, Hutchinson said Friday he intends to grant 14 pardons, three restoration of firearm rights only, and four commutations. An additional 62 clemency requests were denied and three 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.