Put Jack Greene to Death, AR Parole Board Recommends

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended that Death Row inmate Jack Greene be put to death.

The 6-0 vote was reported on Thursday, with the board stating that clemency for Greene is without merit and his sentence is not considered excessive due to the nature and seriousness of the offense. 

The board's recommendation now goes to Gov. Asa Hutchinson for a final decision.

Greene was sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of 69-year-old Sidney Burnett, a husband, father, WWII Air Force veteran and preacher from Johnson County. 

The Arkansas Parole Board held Executive Clemency and Victim Input Hearings for Greene on Wednesday.

His execution is set for Nov. 9.

Statement from Scott Braden, Greene's attorney:
“Despite the Parole Board’s vote today, two highly experienced mental-health experts who have examined Jack Greene agree that he is a man with severe mental illness. This mental illness causes Mr. Greene to have delusions about a conspiracy to injure him, as even Arkansas Department of Correction staff have recognized. These delusions so cloud Mr. Greene’s thinking that, as a psychiatrist has determined, he does not rationally understand his execution. An execution of that nature would not be humane and it would not serve the purposes of punishment. It would merely be a miserable spectacle. 

“As we continue to seek a competency hearing in the courts so that Mr. Greene may prove he is incompetent and that his execution would be unconstitutional, we respectfully ask the Governor to grant clemency in this unique case.”

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