Gov. Beshear pardons 197, commutes sentences for six as his administration draws to a close

12/07/2015 09:11 PM

Hours before the end of his administration, Gov. Steve Beshear granted 197 pardons and commuted six sentences on Monday.

Among those chosen for clemency are 10 women convicted of violent crimes against domestic abusers and several drug offenders, according to a news release from Beshear’s office.

The outgoing governor received more than 3,400 requests for pardons during his eight years in Frankfort, the release states, noting that Beshear’s predecessor, former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, granted more than 100 pardons out of more than 1,000 requests.

“I spent many long days weighing the merits and circumstances of individual cases before making my final decisions,” Beshear said in a statement.

Of those domestic violence victims chosen for administrative action by Beshear, three — Teresa Vincent of Campbellsburg, Gabrielle Cecil of Louisville and Tamara Wilson of Somerset — had completed their sentences and received pardons; one, Cherly McCafferty of Fredonia, is incarcerated and received a pardon; two, Barbara Sarabia of Versailles and Pearlie Sue Gambrel of Flatlick, are on parole and had their sentences commuted; and four — Donna Wheeler, Laurie Andrade, Judy Lee and Stacey Wigginton — are incarcerated and had their sentences commuted, according to the release.

“These 10 women – some of whom are currently incarcerated and some of whom have already been released from institutions – were recommended to me for consideration for full pardons after an extensive joint review by the Department for Public Advocacy and the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association,” Beshear said in a statement.

“After further review of those files, I determined that some of the pardon requests should be granted, while others merited a commutation of sentence.”

Beshear said he had “worked tirelessly with legislative leaders, local officials and advocates” on addressing drug abuse and addiction during his two terms in office.

“A significant part of that strategy has been a focus on treatment, to help these individuals have a fighting chance at staying clean and turning their lives around,” he said in a statement. “After carefully considering the details of each of these cases, I am convinced that these individuals deserve a second chance at life with a clean record.”

His drug-related pardons follow an executive order he signed Nov. 24 that will allow the restoration of voting rights for some non-violent felons.

Those pardoned by Beshear on Monday are:

Adams, Billy Blake, of Maysville
Akins, Alicia Chantell, of Paducah
Back, Charles Jerome, of Nebo
Baker, Francis Lee, of Lexington
Barlow, Bruce Thomas, of Somerset
Belew, Joseph Leonard, of Oak Grove
Bennett, Christopher Ray, of Edmonton
Besselman, Leona Gail, of Jeffersonville
Bickett, John Paul, of Bardstown
Birch, Rowlando Ray, of Danville
Bishop, Michael Ray, of Louisville
Blair, Travis G., of Georgetown
Blaisdell, Amber L., of Lexington
Booker, Keith Lavelle, of Mt. Washington
Bowman, Allison Ann, of Lexington
Boyd, Dillard Shawn, of Prestonsburg
Brickey, Justin Dale, of Sandy Hook
Brown, Jenny Lee, of Dunnville
Brownlee, Jesse, of Frankfort
Bryant, Angelia Shaw, of Russell Springs
Burkins, Ronald Lewis, of Henderson
Burton, Robert William, of Columbia
Bybee, Joseph Cole, of Cadiz
Carney, Christopher Lynn, of Campbellsville
Carroll, Preston Wade, of Sandy Hook
Carson, Philip Gaines, of Dallas, Texas
Cash, Regina Lee, of Park Hills
Chapman, Mark Anthony, of Salt Lick
Choate, James Brent, of Shepherdsville
Ciampa, Peter Robert, of Paducah
Cima, Anthony Joseph, of Gray
Clark, Michael Warren, of Frankfort
Clark, Mabel Lynette, of Hopkinsville
Clay, Cassandra Denise, of Lexington
Cochran, Jeffrey Lewis, of Princeton
Collins, Janice Calista, of Louisville
Collinsworth, Amber Nicole, of Salyersville
Colson, Larry Thomas, of LaCenter
Combest, Keith Casey II, of Henderson
Cone, John Luke, of Benton
Cook, Aprile Leigh, of Topmost
Corbin, Claude Michael Jr., of Lexington
Corde, Erica Dawn, of Lexington
Coyle, Justin Louis, of Lebanon
Craddock, Donald Ray, of Dry Ridge
Craft, Jerry Denton, of Glasgow
Crandal, Robin Marie, of Louisville
Cunningham, Horace Alton III, of Calvert City
Dagnan, Christopher A., of Ezel
Dame, Clayton Eugene, of Benton
Davis, Tammy LaToyia, of Clarksville, Tenn.
Dearing, Gregory Eric, of Louisville
Eisner, Cathy Ann, of Louisville
Ellis, Freddie Garland Sr., of Harrogate, Tenn.
Emery, Chad Ernest, of Cloverport
Ezell, Reginald Eugene, of Louisville
Farmer, Deanna Lynn, of Louisville
Fields, Larry Christopher, of Pikeville
Finegan, Brian M., of Louisville
Finney, Patrick Curtis, of Paducah
Fletcher, Lisa Kay, of Hopkinsville
Fluharty, John Paul, of Frankfort
Fogarty, Patrick Michael, of Louisville
Foster, Thomas Albert Jr., of Liberty
Frields, Amy Nicole, of Henderson
Fullenwider, Steven Eric, of Lewisport
Gardner, Shawn Lamont, of Louisville
George, Morgan Ramsey, of Bluefield, Va.
George, Rachel Lane, of Memphis, Tenn.
Gevedon, Travis Gerome, of Charleston, S.C.
Gibson, Rachel Renee, of Elsmere
Gibson, Kenneth Omar Jr., of Madisonville
Goods, JoAnne, of Lexington
Goodwin, Justin Allen, of Lexington, S.C.
Grantham, Max Kevin, of LaCenter
Green, Rickey Joe, of Louisville
Gregory, Terry, of Manchester
Haggard, Daniel Wayne, of Paris
Hale, Jayson Ryan, of Mousie
Hale, Wesley Everett, of Paducah
Harbour, Debra Sue, of Crescent Springs
Hatchell, Charles Thomas, of Louisville
Heinze, Daniel P., of Louisville
Henderson, Wesley Alan, of Crestwood
Henson, James Anthony, of Manchester
Herrington, Brittany Jayde, of Argillite
Hiser, Michael D., of Shepherdsville
Honeycutt, Billy Joe, of Park City
Hoover, Christopher Clark, of Lexington
Hughes, Stephanie Ann, of Union
Hutchinson, Kelly Gene, of Bardwell
Hutchinson, Samuel James, of Ezel
Jefferson, Jennifer, of Lexington
Johnson, Justin Reed, of Vine Grove
Jones, John Rogers, of Henderson
Jones, Stephen Alexander, of Lexington
Jones, Marcus Todd, of Owingsville
Jones, Gerald Kenneth, of Perryville
Karnes, Brandon Wayne, of Louisville
Kelley, Phillip J., of Glasgow
Killebrew, Lesel Anthony, of Hopkinsville
Lafferty, Regena Ann, of Georgetown
Lancaster, William Burgess, of Middlesboro
Lay, Aaron Joesph, of West Point
Lester, Alan Keith, of Yalaha, Fla.
Lester, Earl Sanders, of Munfordville
Letcher, Delma Louise, of Richmond
Littrell, Sarah Diane, of Henderson
Lochner, Marc Kenneth, of Louisville
Logue, Michael Travis, of Lexington
Loy, Daniel Scott, of Louisville
Lykins, Brian Christopher, of Louisville
Manning, Michael T., of Verona
May, Mark Anthony, of Lexington
McCoy, Joanna Dale, of Wilton Manors, Fla.
McFarland, Daryl Carter, of Georgetown
McIntyre, Connie G., of Ewing
Milby, Jordan Wayne, of Owensboro
Miller, Brian Gale, of Island
Moore, Earl Marsen III, of Hindman
Morgan, David Jay, of Regina
Mudd, Kenneth Lee, of Louisville
Naghtin, Walter Ray, of Cerulean
Nash, Barbara Mahaffey, of Paris
Newsome, Robert I., of Bardwell
Norsworthy, Eric Alan, of Hartford
Nunnelley, Janie LaVerne, of Cynthiana
O’Donley, Sean Christopher, of Elizabethtown
Oldham, Marci Kay, of Madisonville
Outlaw, Bruce Cameron, of White Plains
Paige, Charles Steven, of Hopkinsville
Peebles, Linda Gaye, of Morningview
Pendleton, Alexander Chad, of Russell Springs
Phillips, Lawrence Dewayne, of Vine Grove
Raglin, Stephanie Arnetta, of Versailles
Rankin, Racynnio Kippe, of Louisville
Redd, Marvin Leroy, of Paramount, Calif.
Reed, James Matthew, of Means
Reffitt, Michael Lynn, of Morehead
Richards, Curtis Arthur, of Lexington
Richardson, William Ryan, of Rockville, Md.
Riley, Jeffrey L., of Lexington
Robertson, Alexander Hamilton III, of Lexington
Rolley, Jamie Lloyd, of Graham
Sanders, Erin Nichole, of Lebanon
Sandifer, Richard Dwayne, of Frankfort
Scott, Loren Maxwell, of Danville
Sizemore, William Hager, of Falcon
Smith, Raymond David Jr., of Sandy Hook
Snook, Howard Arlen, of Louisville
Stevens, Richard Andrew, of Radcliff
Stinnett, Shelby L., of Nicholasville
Sullivan, Kristen Kays, of Crescent Springs
Sullivan, Clay Andrew, of Falmouth
Tackett, Brandon James, of Winchester
Taylor, Roy Arthur, of August
Taylor, Frank Brannon, of Frankfort
Teague, Joshua Lee, of Williamsburg
Texas, Stephanie Kaye, of Henderson
Thacker, Trevor Lee, of Ashcamp
Thurston, Patrick William, of Lexington
Tipton, Stanley Thomas, of Prestonsburg
Tolhurst, Timi-Michelle LaTondress, of Ekron
Townsend, Darin Keith, of Dixon
Travis, Terry James, of Walton
Tyler, Jonathan Zane Jr., of Hoyt, Kan.
Uresti, Shirley Ann, of Winchester
Vincent, William Ervin, of Louisville
Watkins, Paula Ann, of Louisville
Weaks, John Michael, of Farmington
Webb, Chad Eric, of Pikeville
Weldon, Wesley Scott, of Lexington
Wellman, Timothy Wayne Jr., of Nicholasville
Whitaker, Jason Randall, of Somerset
Whitledge, Jennifer Lynn, of Owensboro
Willett, Thomas Leon, of Mayfield
Williams, Terry Lee, of Lebanon
Williams, Donna Michelle, of Morehead
Wilson, Mallie Deronna, of Hazard
Wilson, Tanith Jo, of Junction City
Wilson, Laura Lowery, of Somerset
Withers, Steven Cory, of Covington
Witt, Jennifer Leann, of Harlan
Wofford, Robert Henry, of Harrodsburg
Wonn, Perl Jay IV, Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Woods, Eddie L., of Louisville
Wooten, Gary Wayne, of Versailles
Wright, Barrett Alan, of Bowling Green
Wright, Samuel E., of Bowling Green
Wright, Brian William, of Louisville
Yates, William Thomas, of Nortonville
Yelverton, Bertie Louise, of Louisville
York, Carl Edward, of Lancaster

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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