Montgomery, Al. – The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied parole to 16 violent offenders Wednesday, including four murderers and three sex offenders. The board granted parole to two inmates and denied parole to one non-violent offender.
(Sentencing information from the Alabama Department of Corrections public website.)
- PAROLE DENIED: Travis Jackson was out of prison on parole when he was convicted in 1999 of murder and first-degree robbery in Montgomery County. He was given two life sentences and has served 20 years of those sentences. Jackson had served just two years on a seven-year prison sentence for distributing illegal drugs when he was paroled in 1997. He committed the murder and robbery less than three years after being paroled. His parole was opposed by the Montgomery County District Attorney and the Attorney General.
- PAROLE DENIED: Robert Lee Burns was sentenced in 2010 to 35 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in Henry County. He has served only 10 years, eight months of his 35-year prison sentence. The Dothan Eagle reported on Oct. 20, 2010 that Burns was one of four people charged in the beating death of his brother-in-law, whose body had not been found at that time. Authorities said the victim was “stabbed and killed by blunt-force trauma.” The Henry County District Attorney told the newspaper Burns and an accomplice stole a backhoe and buried the victim’s body. The Attorney General’s Office opposed parole for Burns, noting that he has committed four prison disciplinary infractions in the past two years.
- PAROLE DENIED: Eric Bernard Green was sentenced in 1996 to life in prison for murder in Jefferson County. He has served 25 years of the life sentence. Previously, he was sentenced to four years for a 1989 second-degree robbery in Bessemer. An aunt of the murder victim testified Wednesday that Green’s act was “cold blooded. He left (the victim) in an apartment to bleed to death.” Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL) and the Attorney General opposed parole.
- PAROLE DENIED: Thomas Edward Dixon was sentenced in 1991 to life in prison for murder in Lee County. He has served more than 29 years of the life sentence. A man who is the son of both the victim and Dixon testified against parole for his father. “This man not only murdered (my mother) but strangled her. He buried her … in a shallow grave in the woods,” the son testified Wednesday. The Lee County District Attorney, the Attorney General and VOCAL all opposed parole.
- PAROLE DENIED: David Cory Nix was sentenced in 2000 to life in prison for murder in Chilton County. He has served almost 20 years of the life sentence. The Chilton County District Attorney testified that Nix shot the 17-year-old victim four times while she sat defenseless at her mother’s table. “I feel like he is an evil person,” the district attorney said of Nix. The sister of the murder victim testified against parole for Nix, saying “I not only lost my sister, I lost my best friend.” The victim’s daughter testified that her mother was killed by her father. “I don’t want to live the rest of my life in fear,” the daughter said.
- PAROLE DENIED: David Oliver White was sentenced in 2001 to 20 years in prison for manslaughter in Clarke County. He has served 19 years, eight months of the 20-year sentence. The Attorney General’s Office, which opposed parole, testified that White has committed 28 prison disciplinary infractions.
- PAROLE DENIED: David Malcolm Ham raped a 13-year-old girl in Lee County. He was sentenced in 2016 to eight years in prison for second-degree rape and has served barely three years of the eight-year sentence. WTVM Television reported on Dec. 7, 2015 that then 66-year-old Ham was originally charged with second-degree rape, enticing a child and traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s sex offender database reports that Ham’s victim was a 13-year-old female acquaintance. The grandmother of the victim testified Wednesday that Ham “ruined her life. She was 13 when it happened. She was a child. She’s scared if he gets out, he’s going to come after her.” ALEA records show Ham also was convicted in Muscogee County, GA of two counts of public indecency. VOCAL and the Attorney General opposed parole.
- PAROLE DENIED: Bradley Wayne Glenn is a convicted sex offender who also served time for robbery and burglary. In 2015 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for second-degree attempted rape in Mobile County. He has served just five years, five months of the 15-year sentence. Testimony Wednesday showed the victim was just 13 years old when he forced her to have intercourse. In 2009, Glenn was sentenced to 15 years for second-degree robbery, and 10 years for a 2007 third-degree burglary along with two 2005 cases for receiving stolen property, all in Mobile County. The Mobile County District Attorney and the Attorney General opposed parole.
- PAROLE GRANTED: Tommy Mullinax was sentenced in 2006 to 15 years in prison on four counts of producing obscene matter with a victim under the age of 17 in Talladega County. He has served 14 years and eight months of the sentence. The Attorney General opposed parole.
- PAROLE DENIED: Alvin Wayne Robinson was sentenced in 1997 to 25 years in prison for first-degree rape in Talladega County. He has served 23 years and 11 months of the 25-year sentence. His parole was opposed by VOCAL and the Attorney General.
- PAROLE DENIED: Lester Nick Durham was sent to prison for 15 years on Sept. 17, 2018 for a 2011 second-degree kidnapping case in DeKalb County. He has served just one year, nine months of the 15-year sentence. WAFF TV reported Aug. 13, 2012 that Durham “was charged in May 2011 after abducting his estranged wife at 5:30 in the morning from her Sylvania home. She was taken to a home in Henagar where she was assaulted and terrorized” for 17 hours until she was rescued by a sheriff’s deputy. WAFF reported Durham was originally sentenced in 2012 to three years for the kidnapping. He was granted parole but was sent back to prison in 2018 to serve the full 15 years after he was charged with assault, testimony Wednesday showed. In 2006 Durham also was sentenced to 10 years on drug charges. The Attorney General and the Jackson County District Attorney opposed parole.
- PAROLE DENIED: Robert Dewayne Humphrey was sentenced in 2001 to 25 years in prison for domestic violence in Talladega County after he beat his wife with a baseball bat. He has served 19 years of the prison term. Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals records show Humphrey hit his wife with a baseball bat while she was asleep. He then hit her with his fist and choked her. The victim’s nose was broken and one of her eyes was swollen shut. Humphrey previously served time for theft of property and receiving stolen property. The Attorney General’s Office, which opposed parole, testified Wednesday that Humphrey has committed 10 prison disciplinary infractions in the past five years.
- PAROLE DENIED: Addison McDonald has committed eight crimes over his 20-year criminal career. He has served 10 years of a current 20-year sentence for a 2009 first-degree robbery in Lowndes County. McDonald had been released from prison when he was convicted in 2014 for theft of property in Baldwin County and sentenced to 15 years. McDonald was first convicted in 1994 for theft of property in Lowndes County and sentenced to two years. The next year, he escaped from prison and committed a third-degree burglary in Lowndes County, and was sentenced to one year for both crimes. In 1998 he was sentenced to three years for drug possession in Lowndes and one year for theft of property in Butler County. In 2003 he was sent back to prison for 15 years for the 1998 drug conviction.
- PAROLE DENIED: David Eroll Pierson is a parole violator and a two-time robber. He was sentenced in 2000 to 20 years for a 1997 first-degree robbery in Jefferson County. He escaped from prison and was sentenced in 2004 to five years for first-degree escape. Public records show he was paroled, but in 2011 was sent back to prison for two years for third-degree burglary in Jefferson County. Then in 2016 he committed his second robbery in Jefferson County and was sent back to prison for three years. He has served nearly 19 years, 11 months of the 20-year sentence for the first robbery. The Attorney General Office, which opposed parole, testified that Pierson committed three prison disciplinary infractions in 2019.
- PAROLE DENIED: Shakeenan Coleman was sentenced in 2011 to 25 years in prison for first-degree robbery in Mobile County. He has served less than nine years of the 25-year sentence. His parole was opposed by the Mobile County District Attorney and the Attorney General. A representative of the Mobile District Attorney said Coleman was armed with a gun when committed the robbery. The Attorney General’s Office said Coleman has committed six prison disciplinary infractions.
- PAROLE DENIED: Trini Davis has been convicted of crimes in Montgomery County seven times. He was sentenced in 2006 to 20 years after being convicted of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, and two counts of theft of property. He has served less than 15 years of that 20-year sentence. He was released during that incarceration but was sent back to prison in 2016 for eight years for third-degree burglary and theft of property. Davis was convicted again in 2018 of third-degree burglary and theft of property and sentenced to 12 years and eight months. Two of Davis’ burglary victims attended the hearing and opposed parole Wednesday. One victim said Davis “kicked out the whole window on the front of my house. I think he should stay where he’s at (prison.)” Another victim said Davis broke out windows in his home and stole several thousand dollars’ worth of his belongings. “He’s made a living on breaking into people’s houses and destroying their lives,” that victim said of Davis. The Attorney General’s Office testified Davis has committed six prison disciplinary infractions in the past three years.
- PAROLE GRANTED: Dylan Keith Loyd was sentenced on Jan. 4, 2019 to five years in prison for third-degree burglary and third-degree escape in Cullman County. The Cullman Times reported Dec. 5, 2017 that Loyd was driving a stolen farm truck when he led police on a high-speed chase into Cullman. The board granted parole on the condition that Loyd complete a Prison Fellowship program he currently attends.
- PAROLE DENIED: Jennie Lynn Rescino has violated both parole and probation during her criminal career. She was sentenced in February 2018 to 12 years in prison for a 2016 first-degree assault in Etowah County. She has served less than two years of the 12-year sentence. She was originally sentenced to two years but was sent back to prison in 2017 when she violated probation and was sentenced to four years for being a violent offender in possession of a pistol in Cherokee County. Rescino was first convicted in 2008 for obstruction of justice in Cherokee County and sentenced to four years. She was paroled in 2008 just four months after her conviction for obstruction. The Gadsden Times reported on Dec. 11, 2008 that she was charged with three counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. Her parole was opposed by the Etowah County Sheriff and District attorney and the Attorney General.
The board also denied parole to Zachary James Langley who is serving a five-year sentence after being convicted in Marion County in January 2019 on drug charges.