Montgomery, Al. – The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied parole Tuesday to six violent offenders and granted parole to two violent offenders.
(Sentencing information from the Alabama Department of Corrections public website.)
- PAROLE DENIED: Bernard Jenkins was sentenced in 2013 to five years for first-degree robbery after he and accomplices beat the victim with a baseball bat in Barbour County. He had been sentenced just a year earlier to five years for receiving stolen property. The Dothan Eagle reported Feb. 16, 2012 that Jenkins and two accomplices invaded a 79-year-old Eufaula man’s home and beat him with a baseball bat while robbing him. The newspaper reported the beating caused “a severe laceration and bleeding to the man’s head. They stole the victim’s wallet and $540 in cash before fleeing the residence.” On Feb. 7, 2019 in Houston County, Jenkins was sent back to prison for five years after being convicted of being a violent criminal in possession of a pistol. Jenkins has served just 11 months of his latest five-year prison sentence.
- PAROLE GRANTED: Harry L. Brown was sentenced in 2017 to 15 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamines in Autauga County. He has served four years, nine months of his 15-year sentence.
- PAROLE DENIED: Harley James Coyer is a parole violator. He was sentenced in 2016 to five years for a 2012 second-degree assault in Lauderdale County. He was paroled but violated parole and was sent back to prison. Coyer was out of prison again in August 2018 when he was convicted on drug charges and sentenced to eight years. He has served two years, two months of the eight-year sentence.
- PAROLE GRANTED: Ronald David Jones was sentenced Nov. 13, 2013 to three years for third-degree burglary in Jackson County, but he was granted parole less than three months later. He was sent back to prison in 2018 for 10 years for possession of burglar’s tools and three and a half years for drug possession in Jackson County. Jones has served two years of that 10-year prison sentence.
- PAROLE DENIED: Patrick Daniel was sentenced in 2012 to five years for discharging a gun into an occupied building or vehicle in Macon County. He was sent to prison in August 2018 for four years, nine months for two drug convictions from 2014. He has served less than a year and a half of that four-year prison term.
- PAROLE DENIED: Kevin Lamar Pate has already been paroled twice in his criminal career, and both times he wound up back in prison. Pate was sentenced in 1993 to three years for third-degree burglary in Randolph County. He was sent to prison in 1998 for 15 years on two convictions for distributing controlled substances. After serving less than four years of his 15-year sentence, Pate was paroled in 2002. It didn’t take him long to wind up back in trouble. He was sentenced in 2006 to 20 years for another conviction for distribution of a controlled substance in Randolph County. He was paroled yet again, but in 2018 Pate was sent back to prison for five years for another drug conviction and 30 days for violating parole. He has served less than 12 and a half years of his current 20-year sentence for distributing illegal drugs.
- PAROLE DENIED: Anthony Wayne Phillips has been convicted of 29 crimes in 30 years, sent to prison six separate times and has continued his criminal career despite being given second and third chances through probation and parole. He most recently was sentenced, in 2016, to 15 years for drug possession in Marshall County and nine years for breaking into a vehicle in Lee County. He has served five years of that 15-year prison term. Phillips’ long criminal career began in 1986 when he was convicted in a crime spree that included 11 burglaries of motor vehicles in Calhoun County, and for theft and receiving stolen property in Marshall County. He was sentenced to three years in prison for the 11 burglaries in Calhoun County and four years for theft of property and receiving stolen property in Marshall County. Phillips was sent back to prison in 1992 for three years on six counts of burglary and three counts of receiving stolen property, all in Marshall County. Phillips was back at it in 1997 when he was sentenced to six months for another third-degree burglary in Marshall County, and resentenced to two more years for previous convictions for burglary and receiving stolen property. Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals records show his 1997 sentence for the burglary was split to 180 days confinement and five years of probation. Phillips was resentenced to two years in 1998 for third-degree burglary in Marshall County. In 2007 he renewed his criminal career when he was sentenced to 15 years for two theft convictions and a drug possession conviction in Marshall County, and a theft conviction in Etowah County. After serving barely two years of the 15-year sentence, he was paroled in 2010. He was sent back to prison in 2016 on the drug and breaking and entering convictions.
- PAROLE DENIED: Marion Alexander Williams has been convicted of seven crimes in the past five years, all in Randolph County. He was first sentenced in 2014 to five years after convictions for third-degree burglary, drug possession and theft of property. He was sent back to prison in 2018 for four years for another third-degree burglary conviction and another theft of property conviction. On April 17, 2019 he was convicted of another class C felony and drug possession and sentenced to five years. He has served one year, three months of that five-year sentence. The Randolph Leader newspaper reported June 16, 2010 that Williams was arrested for domestic violence (reckless endangerment.) The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office reported on Facebook on April 25, 2013 that Williams was in the Randolph County Jail for attempting to purchase an illegal substance.