WAAY31 I-TEAM: Parole hearings set to resume on November 5th

Graddick postponed all hearings, calling the office a “hot mess” and saying new laws were not being followed.

Posted: Sep 25, 2019 10:38 AM
Updated: Oct 3, 2019 9:51 AM

Probation and parole hearings are set to resume in Alabama on Nov. 5.

New leadership at the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles has been working with staff on new laws about the hearings, said Terry Abbott, spokesperson.

Gov. Kay Ivey in July appointed Judge Charles Graddick to serve as director of bureau.

Graddick postponed all hearings, calling the office a “hot mess” and saying new laws were not being followed.

During the 2019 Regular Session, Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall championed legislation aimed at reforming the Board of Pardons and Paroles. With this new law, the governor has the authority to appoint the director.

Graddick also placed three administrators, including the former executive director, on leave pending an investigation into wrongdoing.

Assistant Attorney General Leigh Gwathney has been appointed to serve as chair of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. Lyn Head announced this month that she is resigning from that position on Oct. 1. 

DeAnna Tidwell, a victim service officer with the Lauderdale County District Attorney's office, told WAAY31 in the past some victims would get notified and others wouldn't. 

"From where we've been in the past I think they are on the right path. They are taking the time now to look and see what they need to do correctly or how to fix things," said Tidwell. 

Abbott said some of the 627 postponed parole hearings were for inmates involved in North Alabama crimes. WAAY31 has counted at least 23 cases that are postponed and even found one victim, Donnie Poole to share his story. 

Poole was almost beaten to death by a man named Roger Thompson in Lauderdale County. Thompson plead guilty in 2011 to second degree assault and got a 20 year sentence under the habitual offender act.

"He beat me for six hours with a metal pipe," said Poole. "He cut my clothes off, wrapped me in a rug and threw me in a junk pile and left me for dead."

Thompson has served less than half of his sentence, so Poole was quite surprised to get a notice about Thompson's parole haering slated for September 12, 2019. Thompson's hearing is one of the 627 that were postponed by Graddick. Poole said it was a relief when he found out it was cancelled. 

"I think these people might do a better job than the ones they had who were trying to bring these people up for early parole," said Poole. 

Below is a list from Terry Abbot on other cases from North Alabama that are postponed. Abbot also sumarized them. For a complete list of statewide cases you can click here

MADISON COUNTY

ATTEMPTED MURDER/ROBBERY – Larry Larkin Henderson is serving a 40-year sentence for robbing a store and shooting at a police officer in Huntsville. He was sentenced in 1987 so he has served about 32 years. He was on the loose after escaping from prison in Georgia at the time of the attempted murder and robbery. Parole was opposed previously by the district attorney and the governor.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR DRUGS – Deashton Luvoris is serving 5 years for distribution of controlled substances in Madison County. He has served just over one year. He received probation on a previous charge in 2010. His prior record includes two robbery cases for which he was sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison. He received probation in one of the cases, but probation was revoked in 2012.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR DRUGS AND STOLEN PROPERTY – Shelby Darrell Barber of Madison County was sentenced to 7 years in prison for receiving stolen property and possession and receipt of controlled substances. He has served just one year of that term. He was paroled in 2017 for a previous crime, and he violated probation three times. Barber’s prior record includes a robbery in Huntsville, for which he was sentenced to 10 years, probated three years, and an assault as a juvenile in Madison County in 2000.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR THEFT OF PROPERTY – Clifton Tyrone Prince was sentenced to 9-and-a-half years in prison for theft of property in Madison County. For his previous crimes, he was given probation in 2004 and 2017, and parole in 2009 and again in 2012. His prior record includes a robbery in Morgan County, for which he was found guilty in 1997 and sentenced to five years in prison.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR THEFT – Aaron Diallo Moore of Madison County was sentenced to eight years, four months in prison for theft of property. He has served just 16 months of that term. His prior record includes two cases of domestic violence, one for which he was sentenced to one year in prison in July 2018. His probation for previous crimes was revoked in 2017 and 2018. He had another domestic assault, in Tennessee, in 2015.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR DRUGS – Ronnie Mac Dunson of Madison County was sentenced to six years in prison for possession and receipt of a controlled substance. He has served only about one year and four months of the sentence. He violated probation in 2007 in Florida and 2017 and 2018 in Alabama. He was placed on probation for prior crimes in 2000 and 2002. His prior record includes two cases of domestic violence in Huntsville, one for which he was sentenced to 30 days in jail in 2018. His record also includes an assault in Huntsville in 2007, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison and three years’ probation. His parole board record contains six pages of arrests.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR DRUGS – Aaron August Bergmann was sentenced to five years in prison for manufacturing and possessing controlled substances in Huntsville. He has served less a year of the sentence. His prior record includes a 2018 robbery in Huntsville.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR POSSESSION OF A PISTOL – Frederick Lamar Fletcher of Madison County
was sentenced to five years in prison because he was a convicted felon in possession of a pistol. He
has served just 16 months of the term. His probation for a previous crime was revoked in 2010. His
prior record includes an assault in Madison County in 1999 for which he was sentenced to 15 years in
prison.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR DRUGS – Deandre Quintero Love of Madison County was sentenced to five
years in prison for possession and receipt of a controlled substance. He has served just over a year of
the sentence. He was paroled in 2018 for a previous crime but recaptured in 2019 after violating
parole. His five pages of prior arrests include two assaults and domestic violence in Madison County.
The attorney general, the governor and the Madison County District Attorney opposed his parole in 2014.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR THEFT OF PROPERTY – Tamara Nicole Moore of Madison County was
sentenced April 30, 2018 to 7 years and one month in prison for theft of property. She has served just
a year-and-a-half of that term. She has had probation twice for previous crimes and was paroled once
before, in 2013. She escaped from prison in 2010. She has five pages of prior arrests in her file,
including 28 theft charges and two robbery charges in Austin, Texas. Regardless of whether she wins
parole, the law requires mandatory release for her on Nov. 8, 2019.

LAUDERDALE COUNTY

Roger Thompson pleaded guilty to second degree assault in 2011. He received a 20-year sentence.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR THEFT OF PROPERTY – Glen Marvin Hanback was sentenced to 25 years in
prison for theft of property and possession of a controlled substance. He has served only six years of
the sentence. Hanback was granted probation for a previous crime in 2013, and was paroled in 2017 only
to be recaptured in 2019. His prior record includes a 2007 assault in Lauderdale County for which he
was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR DRUGS – James Dale Carbine of Lauderdale County was sentenced to six
years and eight months in prison for possession of a controlled substance. He has served just over one
year of the sentence. Carbine was given probation in 1989 for a previous crime and was paroled once
before, in 2004. His seven pages of prior arrests includes a 1999 assault in Lauderdale County for
which he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

MARSHALL COUNTY

CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE – Kenneth Eugene Vinyard was sentenced for driving drunk and killing a passenger in his car. He had a previous conviction for escape and has many disciplinary infractions in prison. The Marshall County district attorney opposed parole in 2008 and 2012.

MANSLAUGHTER – Joshua Andrew Phillips of Marshall County was sentenced to 20 years in prison in
September 2012 for manslaughter. He got into an argument with his ex-wife’s husband and ran the victim
over with his truck in October 2010. His parole hearing is scheduled for 12/3/2019.

MURDER – Annette Belisle of Marshall County has served 17 years and eight months of a 20-year sentence
for murder. On May 19, 1999, she and her husband entered a store. She distracted the store clerk, Joyce
Gillilan Moore, a nurse who was filling in as a cashier, while her husband hid in the bathroom. Her
husband came out of the bathroom and beat the clerk to death with a metal pipe and a can of peas before
robbing the store of cash. Her husband, Rick Belisle, is on death row for his part in the murder. Prior
arrests of Annette Belisle included harassment, seven charges of domestic violence, three DUI’s, and
grand larceny. She pled guilty and agreed to testify against her husband. The governor and the attorney
general opposed her parole in 2014, and the AG and friends of the victim opposed parole in 2009.

MANSLAUGHTER – Joshua Andrew Phillips was sentenced to 20 years in prison in September 2012 for manslaughter. He got into an argument with a man and ran the victim over with his truck in the victim’s front yard Marshall County in 2010. His parole hearing is scheduled for 12/3/2019.

ROBBERY – Vondale Parker of Marshall County is serving a 15-year sentence for robbery. He has served just over two years of the sentence. He was released on probation three times previously, in 1994, ’95, ’98, for previous crimes, and was paroled in 2009 from his sentence for a previous crime. His prior charges include attempted murder, kidnapping in Marshall County in 2016, domestic violence, harassment (charged twice), attempted arson (twice), assault (charged five times), disorderly conduct, possession of drugs, and burglary. The attorney general and the governor opposed parole in 2007 and 2008. He was convicted by a prison disciplinary board of inciting to riot or rioting. His parole hearing is scheduled for 12/03/2019.

DEKALB COUNTY

ROBBERY -- Michael Darnell Carter was sentenced in 2017 to eight years in prison for robbery in Fort Payne. He has served just two years of that term. He stole a woman’s purse and knocked her to the ground. He had many prior arrests, including for trespassing, rape, receiving stolen property, and another robbery. He is considered “high risk” for parole.

CULLMAN COUNTY

SEX OFFENDER – Darren Dwight Anderton was sentenced to 17 years for violating the sex offender registration law in Cullman County. He has served just 4-and-a-half years of the term. He was convicted in 1996 of the sexual abuse of a 5-year-old girl. His record includes twice violating the sex offender notification act, in 2007 and 2014.

COLBERT COUNTY

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR DRUGS – Jeffrey Lee Horrison of Colbert County was sentenced to five
years in prison for possession of a controlled substance. He has served only one year of this sentence.
He received probation for a previous crime in 2010 but that probation was revoked. His prior record
includes a robbery in 2007.

LAWRENCE COUNTY

VIOLENT OFFENDER SERVING TIME FOR POSSESSION OF A FORGED INSTRUMENT – Joshua Lynn Wilcutt of Lawrence
County was sentenced to 5 years and 11 months in prison for criminal possession of a forged instrument.
He has served less than a year of the sentence. Wilcutt was paroled in 2013 from a previous crime. His
prior record includes two robberies in Decatur in 2009, a sex abuse charge in Morgan County in 2000,
and assaults in Morgan County in 1998 and 1993.

MORGAN COUNTY

VIOLENT CRIMINAL SERVING TIME FOR MANUFACTURING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE – Russell Henry Harvey is under consideration for parole on the non-violent crime of manufacturing a controlled substance, but he has a long history of violent crime. He has served five years of a 15-year sentence for the drug charge in Morgan County. His prior criminal history is extensive:

1986 – Sentenced to one year for sexual battery in Ohio.

1992 – Convicted in Florida of aggravated assault with a weapon and two battery charges. His probation was revoked in 1992.

1992 – Convicted of battery and domestic violence.

1998 – Guilty of assault in Ohio

1998 – Domestic violence in Ohio

1998 – Guilty of assault in Ohio

2003 – Guilty of assault in Ohio.

He has many drug arrests on his record.

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