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Several from southeast Kentucky pardoned by outgoing Governor Bevin

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After the announcement of a Knox County Kentucky man being pardoned for murder by outgoing Governor Matt Bevin, WRIL has found others in Southeast Kentucky that were also pardoned.


The following were pardoned unconditionally:


Justin Derrick Wibbels was convicted in Laurel Circuit Court in 2015 of wanton murder. The pardon states that Justin was involved in a tragic accident and has been incarcerated as a result of his conviction for wanton murder. The Governor stated in the pardon that "this was not a murder". His sentence was commuted and he was given an unconditional pardon.


Pearlie Sue Gambrel of Flat Lick, Kentucky was convicted in Knox County Circuit Court in 1998 of manslaughter and arson. The pardon reads that Ms. Gambrel is a survivor of domestic violence who was formerly incarcerated for killing her abuser. She was issued a commutation of sentence to time served in 2015. So that Ms. Gambrel can move forward in her life unfettered by her conviction, I (Governor Bevin) am pleased to grant her the full and unconditional pardon that she has requested.


Chandra Dawn Blevins of Harlan, Kentucky was convicted in Bell County Circuit Court in 2013 of four counts of criminal possession forged instrument, four counts of theft of identity, and four counts of theft by deception, and Harlan County Circuit Court in 2014 of theft of identity, three counts of criminal possession forged instrument, theft of mail matter, and four counts of receiving stolen property.


Randell Bruce Goins of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee was convicted in Bell County Circuit Court in 2004 of traffic in marijuana and possession of controlled substance, alcohol and paraphernalia, in 2002 of two counts of criminal possession of forged instrument, and in 2001 of traffic in marijuana and possess drug paraphernalia.


Dewey Ray Lewis of London, Kentucky was convicted in Laurel County Circuit Court in 2003 of two counts of wanton endangerment, and in Perry County Circuit Court in 1993 of possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance and controlled substance no in original container


Melton Middleton of Harlan, Kentucky was convicted in Harlan County Circuit Court in 2008 of promoting contraband, four counts of trafficking in controlled substances and possession of a firearm, in 2007 of three counts of trafficking in controlled substances, in 2005 of trafficking in controlled substances, and in 2004 of theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespassing.


Jerry Davis Lewis of Evarts, Kentucky was convicted in Whitley County Circuit Court in 2004 of three counts of manufacturing methamphetamine.


All of the pardons mentioned took place between November 20, 2019 and December 9, 2019.

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