Montgomery, Al. – The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles will hold 35 parole hearings for inmates next week, including 23 violent offenders, among them seven murderers, three sex offenders, and three convicted of robbery.
Parole hearings scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21:
(Sentencing information from the Alabama Department of Corrections public website.)
- Charles Anthony Norton is a convicted sex offender in Elmore County who already was paroled once but violated his parole. In 2008 Norton was sentenced to three years for a 2005 first-degree sexual abuse case and a 2008 case of criminal possession of a forged instrument in Elmore County. In 2010 Norton was convicted again for criminal possession of a forged instrument in Autauga County. In 2015, Norton was sentenced to 15 years for violating the sex offender registration law in Elmore County. He was released from prison early and then in 2017 was convicted of three more crimes; theft of property, theft by deception and criminal possession of a forged instrument, and sentenced to one year, six months additional prison time. Norton was paroled but then the Athens News Courier reported Feb. 23, 2019 that Norton violated parole and failed to register as a sex offender in Limestone County. Norton has served less than five years of his 15-year sentence for violating the sex offender registration law.
- Darryl Donnal Lamar Stone is a convicted robber and burglar who is also a parole and probation violator for crimes committed in Montgomery County. Stone was sentenced in 2008 to three years for a 2005 first-degree robbery. In 2010 Stone was convicted of third-degree burglary and theft of property and sentenced to three years. He was granted probation but was arrested again in October 2014 for violating the terms of his probation, news media reported. In 2015 Stone was sentenced to 15 years for being in possession of a pistol after a conviction for a violent crime. He was later paroled but he violated parole and was sent back to prison to serve the remainder of the 15-year sentence. He has served five years of the sentence.
- Antonio Martin Chattin was sentenced in 2012 to three eight-month sentences for a 2007 second-degree robbery, a 2007 first-degree theft, and a 2010 conviction for drug possession, all in Mobile County. He was given probation but violated the terms of his probation in 2017 and was sent back to confinement. In January 2019 he was convicted again of drug possession in Mobile County and sent back to prison for five years. He has served one year, five months of that five-year sentence.
- Dalmon Ray Gilbreath was sentenced in 2009 to five years for a 2007 third-degree robbery case and a 2009 obstruction of justice case in Madison County. He was convicted for obstruction of justice in 2011 and sentenced to three years. Gilbreath was sent to prison Oct. 25, 2018 for four years for drug possession. He has served just one year, four months of that four-year sentence.
- Tony Nathaniel Perry was sentenced in 2013 to 10 years for third-degree burglary in Madison County. It was his second burglary conviction in Madison County, having been sentenced in 2009 to five years for a 2005 third-degree burglary. Also, in 2009 he was sentenced to five years for obstruction of justice and identity theft. Most recently, Perry was convicted in May 2018 of criminal possession of a forged instrument and sentenced to 10 years. He has served less than two and a half years of that 10-year sentence.
Parole hearings scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22
- Lameco Dechawn Turner is serving a life sentence for a 2004 murder in Houston County. He has served a total of 15 years, eight months of the life sentence. Court records and media reports show Turner was originally convicted in 2010 of capital murder and sentenced to death in the murder and robbery at Petro Southeast Mini-Mart in Dothan on April 20, 2004. Turner pointed a gun at the victim and the victim said “no, no, no, no,” but Turner shot him to death, court records show. The death sentence was overturned by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Turner was re-tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2018.
- Charles Howard Baker Jr. was sentenced in 2001 to 33 years in prison for murder in Tallapoosa County. He has served less than 20 years of the prison term.
- James Anthony Ball was sentenced in 2005 to life in prison for a 1999 murder in Conecuh County. He has served less than 21 years of the life sentence. The Brewton Standard reported Ball was working at a Castleberry grocery store when he shot a woman “and walked away without a word.” Another employee of the store testified that Ball then turned the shotgun on her, but she “ducked behind the counter to hide,” the newspaper said. The paper reported that authorities said, “Ball had an argument with his girlfriend and was going to get a gun and shoot the first person he saw.”
- Diakist C. Johnson was sentenced in 1999 to life in prison for murder in Pike County. He has served 22 years of the life sentence. The Troy Messenger reported that Johnson was the driver in a drive-by shooting that killed a 19-year-old man on July 30, 1997. The shooter was sentenced to life without parole. Johnson testified against the shooter at trial, the newspaper reported.
- Richard David Kidd is serving a life sentence for a 1994 murder in Cleburne County. He has served 25 years, six months of the sentence. He was also convicted on a receiving stolen property charge from 1992.
- Ernest Lee McCastle is serving a life sentence for a 1991 murder in Crenshaw County. He has served 29 years of the life sentence.
- Jeramey Glen Ritter was sentenced in 2011 to 20 years in prison for a 2000 murder in Tuscaloosa County. He has served 14 years of the 20-year term. Ritter was originally sentenced in 2001 to five years for the murder and he was later released, but he was sent back to prison in 2011 to serve the full 20-year term after he was also convicted of being a violent criminal in possession of a pistol. He was sentenced to 15 years for the gun conviction.
- Anthony Lee Elliott is a rapist who has been convicted of eight crimes, all in Tuscaloosa County. Elliott is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence, handed down in 2008, for first-degree assault. He has served about half the 30-year sentence. Elliott was sentenced in 1995 to four years for second-degree rape, but he was paroled after serving less than two years. In 1998, two years after he was paroled from the rape sentence, he was sent back to prison for two years for three convictions for distribution of a controlled substance and one conviction for possession of drugs. In 2001 he was sent back to prison again on a 15-year sentence for the 1998 drug distribution convictions.
- Carlos Jerome Hendrix is a convicted sex offender in Jackson County who is serving time for conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery in Etowah County. Hendrix was sentenced to five years in 2001 for a 1997 conviction for enticing a child for immoral purposes, and received a one-year, six-month sentence for violating the sex offender registration law, both in Jackson County. Public records show he enticed an 11-year-old girl for immoral purposes. A year later, Hendrix was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery in Etowah County and drug possession in Jackson County and sentenced to five years and three years, respectively. In 2006 his sentence for the robbery conspiracy conviction was extended to 20 years, to run concurrently with an extended 15-year sentence for the 2002 drug possession conviction. Hendrix has served 17 years of the 20-year sentence. His criminal career began with prison sentences in 1996 for drug possession and theft in Jackson County.
- Christopher C. Caldwell was sentenced in 2017 to 10 years in prison for a 2011 second-degree assault in Pike County. He has served two years, seven months of that 10-year prison term. The Dothan Eagle reported May 28, 2015 that Caldwell was convicted for shooting a man in the chest in Troy. Caldwell was first convicted in 2009 of three drug possession charges in Pike and Crenshaw counties, and criminal possession of a forged instrument in Crenshaw County.
- Hondalee Diana Chalkley is serving two life sentences for 2009 drug distribution convictions and 15 years for a 2010 conviction for second-degree assault, all in Talladega County. She has served 10 years, nine months of the two life sentences. Chalkley was first convicted of third-degree burglary in 2001 and sentenced to two years.
- Jovar Gamble was sentenced in 2008 to 15 years in prison for first-degree burglary in Talladega County. He has served just over 12 years of the sentence.
- Brandon Ledell Hughley is a probation violator serving time for third-degree burglary in Lee County. He was first convicted of theft of property in 2014 and sentenced to two years. WSFA TV reported July 3, 2013 that Hughley was one of four suspects in a theft from an Opelika home. Neighbors spotted occupants of a vehicle throwing items, including a flat screen television, from the vehicle as it traveled down the road, the TV station reported. Authorities said the vehicle eventually wrecked and Hughley and the other suspects fled on foot. In 2017 Hughley violated the terms of his probation and was sent back to confinement for 45 days. In March 2019 he was sentenced to eight years in prison for a 2017 burglary in Lee County. Hughley has served two years, seven months of the eight-year prison term.
- Jessica Lynn Payne was sentenced on Oct. 18, 2018 to six years, three months for first-degree assault in Elmore County. She has served one year, five months of that term.
- Justin Dewayne Robinson was sentenced in 2018 to 10 years in prison for third-degree burglary, unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle and being a violent criminal in possession of a pistol, all in Madison County. He has served two years, two months of the prison sentence.
- Carl Walker has been convicted of 22 crimes in the past 13 years, including 12 burglaries, in Calhoun and Chambers counties. He has served less than two years of three seven-year prison sentences handed down in January 2019 for two burglaries and unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle in Calhoun County. In 2014 Walker went on a crime spree in Chambers County and was convicted of seven burglaries, three thefts, two cases of breaking and entering, and escape, and was sentenced to seven years. In 2006 he was convicted of three burglaries and two cases of breaking and entering in Chambers County and was sentenced to 10 years. The next year he was convicted of theft of property and given another sentence of one year, six months.
- Jason Wesley Williams is serving a 25-year prison sentence after committing six burglaries across three north Alabama counties. He has served less than 15 years of the 25-year sentence. Between 2006 and 2008, Wesley was convicted of three burglaries in Morgan County, two in Lauderdale County and one in Colbert County, and was also convicted of an attempted burglary in Morgan County. In prison in Montgomery County in 2011, he was convicted of promoting prison contraband.