Gov. Beebe To Pardon His Son In Drug Case

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(CNN) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe plans to pardon his son for a felony drug charge from more than a decade ago.

“It will probably be in the next few weeks,” said Matt DeCample, a spokesman for the governor.

“For any pardons the governor does the person has to have finished all terms of their sentence … and then had a period of time where they’ve shown they have straightened their lives out.”

Kyle Beebe, who is now 34, was charged in 2003 with possession of a controlled substance — marijuana — with intent to deliver. He was fined and sentenced to three years supervised probation, according to CNN affiliate KATV.

The Arkansas Parole Board recommended the pardon last month. It came after Beebe wrote a lengthy letter to the governor in his pardon application.

“Mr. Governor, I am asking for a second chance at life. I am asking for a second chance to be the man that I know that I can be,” Beebe said.

“At the time of my arrest I was living in a fantasy world, not reality. I was young and dumb. At that time in my life I felt like I was missing something and I tried to fill that emptiness by selling drugs.”

The governor said his son has grown up a lot since those days.

“I would have done it a long time ago if he’d have asked, but he took his sweet time about asking,” Mike Beebe said. “He was embarrassed. He’s still embarrassed, and frankly, I was embarrassed and his mother was embarrassed.

“All of the families that go through that, it’s tough on the families, but hopefully the kids learn,” Beebe said.


  • David

    “At the time of my arrest I was living in a fantasy world, not reality. I was young and dumb. At that time in my life I felt like I was missing something and I tried to fill that emptiness by selling drugs.”
    Isn’t this what every young juvenile thinks as they grow old? Like they say; It’s not what you know, its who you know.
    I’ll be happy once he’s out of office.

  • Horace

    Well, let’s see. Mike Huckabee granted more pardons and commutations – 1,033 – than his three predecessors (including Bill Clinton) combined. Oh, and then there was Maurice Clemmons who killed four policemen. Huck let him go, yet right-wingers still love the guy. My, what a difference it makes when you’re a republican.

  • Sean

    Just minor favoritism compared to the outright criminal corruption you see in Sebastian County.

    Anyone seen Michael Hamby and Judge Jim Spears run their clown court?

  • Prince Asten Deic

    He should be removed from office unless he is going to pardon all the other marijuana offenders. This is just another example of how our goverment has become corrupt and can change or break the laws they set just so it can better serve them or their own personnal interest

  • Paul Pot

    Excluded from the gang for doing what he was told not to do.
    Seeks acceptance by the gang that destroyed his life.
    Gang has unacceptable rules that have no basis in real world.
    The gang and its rules are the fantasy dreamt up by sociopaths to control society for profit.

  • Ras Ible

    In WV, no one keeps a record on how many people are incarcerated for marijuana. Marijuana prisoners are lumped together by the WVDOC as violating a Schedule I Controlled Substance law, which includes heroin, meth, pills, etc. The only way to collect this data is go to each of the 55 county courthouses, and go through each court record for the answer. This needs to change.

  • Mark Headlee

    There is a process that involves much more than the Governor. He was recommended by the Parole Board. In all actuality it looks like Kyle paid a higher price for this crime than others would have that did not have a family member in such a high profile public office. This relationship did not work to Kyle’s benefit. I agree that it is insane that one can be convicted of a felony and imprisoned in one state for doing something that is perfectly fine in another. If Kyle were in CO while he did this we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

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