Arkansas governor plans to grant 13 pardons, one restoration of firearms rights

Arkansas Capitol Building in Little Rock(Paul Brady)

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to grant 13 pardons and one restoration of firearms rights, the state announced Tuesday.

The applicants have completed their jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements and have paid all fines related to their sentences, the governor’s office said.

An additional 44 clemency requests were denied and two had no action taken. All requests were from both inmates and non-inmates.

In Arkansas, there is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback about the proposed pardons before any final action is taken.

Hutchinson recommends clemency for the following people:

Gary Anderson of Little Rock; Kimberly Gault Cotton of Conway; Jackie L. Everett of Newport; Paul H. Fells of Jacksonville; Jim Gillespie of Alma; Steven R. Gray of Keiser; Roy E. Hall of North Little Rock; Brian K. Hilburn of Hackett; Bobby L. Hobbs of Conway; Dawn R. Keck of Helena; Brandon H. Parker of Conway; Gregory D. West of Russellville; Veronica D. Wren of Little Rock.

Hutchinson intends to grant the restoration of firearm rights to Damon W. Burns of De Witt.

For more information about each applicant, visit