Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Barbour's Dozen: Outgoing Governor issues 11 new pardons to convicted murderers

In the avalanche of pardons issued by outgoing Governor Haley Barbour, there were the following:

  1. Victor C. Collins (Murder) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  2. Larry Darnel Roby (Murder, Racketeering) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  3. Booker T. Barnes (Murder) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  4. Anthony Sansing (Murder) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  5. Jimmy Lee Avera (Murder) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  6. Vincent Cardell Bell (Murder, Accessory After the Fact) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  7. Everett Franklin Rodgers (Murder and Aggravated Assault) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  8. Rheon McShepard (Homicide or Murder) - Medical/Conditional Suspension of Sentence
  9. Leon Turner (Murder) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  10. Derrick Lynn Guiton (Homicide/Murder; Simple Assault) - Medical/Conditional Suspension of Sentence
  11. Aaron Brown (Murder; Concealed Weapon; Possession of a Controlled Substance) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
If a baker's dozen is 13, we should call 11 a Barbour's dozen going forward. These eleven are in addition to the eight Barbour had previously pardoned.  Michael Graham, one of those eight, had previously had his sentence indefinitely suspended.  Today Barbour sealed the deal and issued him a full pardon, meaning he can register to vote, carry a firearm, etc.

In addition to the murder convicts now set free, Haley issued pardons for the following:

  1. Larry Harper (Homicide; Aggravated Assault; Felony Possession of a Weapon) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  2. Louis Edwin Griffin, Jr. (Homicide) - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  3. Mark Hubbard Allen (Vehicular Homicide)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  4. Earnest Scott Favre (DUI Causing Death)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  5. Randy Scott Fortenberry (Manslaughter)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  6. Gregg Patrick Gibbes (Aggravated DUI Death)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  7. Mabrie C. Gilmer (Manslaughter)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  8. Robert Brian Gregg (Culpable Negligence Manslaughter; DUI Injury)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  9. Louis Edwin Griffin, Jr. (Homicide)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  10. Phillip Jackson (DUI Homicide)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  11. Roy Michael Latham (Manslaughter)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  12. Justin O'Keefe Smith (DUI Death)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  13. Emma Stuckey (Manslaughter)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  14. Kevin Bradley Tabereaux (Sale of Cocaine; DUI Homicide) - Suspension of Sentence
  15. Samuel Tisdale, Jr. (Manslaughter)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  16. Joel Warren Vann (DUI Death)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  17. Chelley Lee Wade (2 counts of Manslaughter)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  18. Burton Hill Walden (DUI Death)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  19. Tawanda Jackson (Manslaughter; Armed Robbery; Kidnapping) - Medical Suspension of Sentence to House Arrest
  20. Karen Irby (2 counts of Manslaughter) - Conditional Clemency on Condition of 3 years House Arrest and 2 years Probation
  21. Harold L. Miller, III (Manslaughter)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  22. Lindsay Kathryn Welch (Culpable Negligence Manslaughter)  - Full, Complete and Unconditional Pardon
  23. Patricia L. Simpson (Manslaughter) - Conditional Suspension of Sentence
By my count, that's a total of forty-two families who lost a loved one and now get to see those convicted for the deaths go free.

Where's one of those "Thanks, Haley!" bumper stickers when you really need one?

7 comments:

Mike Gatling said...

I would be interested to know how many of these cases involved Steven Hayne.

nmisscommenter said...

I'm posting as much facts as I can find about these cases on my blog. I've hit several Hayne cases so far, although I think that's an accidental feature.

Leigh said...

Mark Hubbard Allen - killed Paul Kornman: Paul Kornman was killed in an auto accident by a drunk driver early morning on Tuesday, October 17, 1995. True to Paul, he was driving home at 1 AM after studying late into the night.

The driver responsible for Paul's death requested a sentence of probation after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide, pleading that this was a one-time mistake. On October 22, 1996, he was sentenced to 10 years hard time. During the trial, the driver showed no remorse whatsoever...

I believe Fordice pardoned him when he left office. I guess he has the full pardon now.

Becky said...

Everything Leigh said is correct--thank you, Leigh. Paul Kornman was my brother. We were very close, and his death was a terrible loss for our family. My dad (83 years old) is still speaking monthly at victim impact panels, telling first time DUI offenders our story and trying to persuade them not to drink and drive.

GratefulDawg said...

Paul Kornman was a fraternity brother of mine, and one of the most energizing and intelligent people I've ever met.

R.I.P. brother. You will NEVER be forgotten.

Cottonmouth said...

GratefulDawg,

I take it that Paul was the victim of one of the people Barbour pardoned? Will you share something about Paul with us so that we may more fully understand what has happened with these pardons?

If you don't feel comfortable sharing here, please email me at the link on the side.

Day-na said...

I am just wondering... if the victims in these cases were lets say police officers or public officials would their pardons be granted? The one guy got away (twice) with beating up his attorney, threatening the judge and murdered his girl friend? Lets just let all of the murderous-bullies out free to roam the streets while the justice system hides in the corner with their tail between their legs. I am a woman but these disappointing officials that are suppose to be upholding the constitution are cowards, who most likely sit while they pee, need to kindly leave the office that they represent and let someone else in to do the job because they are incompetent and are concerned over the wrong individuals. Since when do we as American citizens toss the righs away of individuals who deserve them(the innocent)to give to the criminals who themselves created the troubles that they have to now face the consequences for a FREE RIDE to have a opportunity to start over. What about the innocent victims that can not start over. Where is the justice?