|JEFFERSON CITY - Based upon the unanimous recommendation of the Missouri Probation and Parole Board, Gov. Matt Blunt recently announced his decision to pardon Alicia Allison-Brown, Jesse Barnes, James Birdwell Sr., Craig Johnson, Robert Jordan and Carl Smart, who all were convicted of non-violent offenses years ago and have since become and remained law-abiding citizens.
Alicia Allison-Brown was convicted of stealing in 1990 at the age of 23. She was sentenced to four years probation and 120-day shock incarceration. She applied for pardon in 2005. Allison-Brown is married with one child and is a member of FEMA Missouri Task Force I, serving as a canine search specialist trained in tech rescue.
In 1961, at the age of 24, Jesse Barnes was convicted of 2nd degree arson. He was sentenced to three years in prison and was paroled after serving five months. Barnes, currently a self-employed painter, applied for pardon in 2006. He has been married for 40 years and has three children as well as grandchildren.
At the age of 20, James Birdwell, Sr., was convicted of malicious destruction of property in 1963. He received a one year suspended sentence and two years of probation. Mr. Birdwell applied for pardon in 2003. Birdwell, who has owned a small
construction business for nine years, applied for pardon in 2003. He previously worked for the Kansas City Star
for more than 10 years. Married for 45 years, he has five children and 17 grandchildren
In 1985, at the age of 19, Craig Johnson was convicted of stealing and was sentenced to three years probation. He applied for pardon in 2004. Johnson is a minister and chaplain in the U.S. Army where he has achieved the rank of Captain. He served in the first Gulf War where he received numerous decorations and awards.
Robert Jordan was convicted of stealing in 1990 when he was 21. He was sentenced to two years probation. Jordan applied for pardon in 2003. He and his wife have three children and serve their community as emergency medical technicians.
In 1980 when Carl Smart was 28, he was convicted of 2nd degree arson and deceitful stealing and was sentenced to five years probation. He applied for a pardon in 2004. A Navy veteran, Smart has worked for the US Postal Service for 30 years. He is married with three children and one grandchild.