Governor to grant pardon in 1964 Baxter County conviction

A pardon for a Cotter man convicted in 1964 is among nine Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced he intends to grant.

Information from the governor’s office indicates John J. Gill was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary, both felony offenses, along with a misdemeanor of petit larceny.

While no other details surrounding the conviction were provided, it was noted the conviction for the crimes was in Baxter County.

The notice of the intent to grant the pardon is based on the dates of the conviction, the fact all terms of Gill’s sentence have been completed and that he has no further criminal-law violations.

There are no law enforcement objections to Gill’s application.

There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the notice before final action is taken.

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