5 violent offenders denied parole Tuesday

5 violent offenders denied parole Tuesday
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles scheduled 19 hearings for Tuesday and denied parole to five inmates serving time for violent offenses.

Three inmates were granted parole, including one for medical reasons. A total of 16 others were denied.

ABPP released the names of the five violent offenders, as well as a statement on each. They include:

  • Vondale Parker - A violent criminal who just last week punched a prison employee in the face. He has had a long criminal career, with seven convictions in Marshall County. Parker was sentenced in 2017 to five years in prison for first-degree robbery and 15 years for promoting prison contraband. In 2013 he was sentenced to 10 years for possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture drugs. Parker was sentenced in 2005 to 15 years in prison on a case from 2003 for second-degree assault in Marshall County. The Gadsden Times reported Dec. 4, 2002, that Parker was charged by Albertville police with second-degree assault of his estranged girlfriend. The newspaper reported that, according to Albertville Police Chief Benny Womack, Parker “picked up a sharp object and started cutting (the victim) with it. He made the statement that it was time for her to die.” Marshall served only five years of the 15-year sentence for that violent assault and then was paroled in 2008. In 1999 he was sentenced to 15 years for a conviction for offenses-other class C felony. In 1996 he was sentenced to 15 years for second-degree arson and third-degree burglary. Court of Criminal Appeals records show he had originally been given a split sentence for the arson and burglary cases, to serve six months in prison and the rest on probation, but that probation was revoked, and he was sent back to prison. The Appeals Court records show he was released from prison again and placed on probation but that again he violated probation and was sent back to prison in 1999. All his crimes were committed in Marshall County.
  • Frank Everett Rowe - A robber and rapist who has been convicted three times for violating the sex offender notification law. He was arrested in Mobile County in December 2018 and charged with violating the sex offender notification law and for being a sex offender with a Facebook account. WPMI Television in Mobile reported Dec. 19, 2018, that Rowe, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s sex offender registry, raped a 16-year-old girl in DeKalb County. Rowe was convicted in 1986 of two counts of second-degree rape in DeKalb County and sentenced to one year in prison. After he was released from prison, he committed a third-degree robbery in Marshall County and was ordered back to prison for seven years in 1994. He escaped from prison, was caught and then sentenced in 1998 in Madison County to two years for escape. In 2001 Rowe was sentenced to two years for felony DUI in DeKalb County. Rowe was sentenced in 2006 to two years for violating the sex offender notification law in Jackson County, and to another three years in 2008 for violating the same law in Chilton County. Then he violated the notification law again in 2016 in DeKalb County and was sentenced to 15 years. A representative of the Alabama Attorney General’s office attended Tuesday’s hearing to oppose Rowe’s parole.
  • Joshua Tyler Phillips - Has an extensive criminal history, having been convicted of crimes 11 times. He was paroled once before but he committed more crimes and was sent back to prison. He was sentenced in 2016 to 16 years in prison for escape, five years for possession and receiving controlled substances, and six years for theft of property in Houston County. He was sentenced in 2011 to three years in prison for first-degree robbery in Dothan and 10 years for three counts of theft of property, one count of receiving stolen property, and third-degree burglary. The Dothan Eagle reported April 20, 2010, that Phillips pleaded guilty to the home invasion robbery, admitting to ransacking the home and stealing a rifle and $700 cash. He was sentenced in 2012 to five years for another conviction for receiving stolen property in Dale County. In 2008 he was sentenced to two years for obstruction of justice in Houston County.
  • Joshua Lynn Wilcutt - Was out of prison on parole in December 2018 when he was sentenced to five years, 11 months for criminal possession of a forged instrument. In 2011 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for third-degree robbery in Morgan County, but he was paroled from the robbery sentence in 2013. In 2010 he was sentenced to one year, six months for illegal possession of and fraudulent use of a credit card.
  • Levert Antwun Jefferson - Was sentenced in 2001 to life in prison for trafficking cocaine in Jefferson County. He was later paroled, but he violated parole in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Those granted parole include:

  • Brandon Scott Brooks - A medical parole was granted to Brooks. He had served nearly seven years of a 10-year sentence out of St. Clair County for drug convictions.
  • Bridgette Colbert Cheatwood - Cheatwood was granted parole after serving one year of a five-year sentence for convictions in Marshall County of obstruction of justice, theft, and escape.
  • Brian Keith Musselwhite - Musselwhite was granted parole after serving one year of a four-year sentence for a drug conviction out of Houston County.

See details on all parole hearings HERE.

The next parole hearings are set to begin on Dec. 10.

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