Beebe, who is set to leave office in January due to term
limits, said he would pardon his son Kyle, now 34, for his 2003
felony conviction of marijuana possession with intent to
deliver, local broadcaster KATV said.
"Kids, when they're young, do stupid stuff. He was no
different," Beebe told KATV in an interview published online.
"If they've straightened up, to get their life back on track and
have a second chance, so this is no different. It's different
because it's my son."
Kyle Beebe was sentenced to 3 years supervised probation and
fined, KATV reported. The Arkansas Parole Board last month
recommended that he be pardoned, records on the agency's website
Governor Beebe said he has pardoned over 700 people, largely for
non-violent offenses, KATV said.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; editing by Ralph
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