3 more denied parole as hearings continue


News Staff Writer

Three more men sentenced in Escambia County to prison terms were denied parole last week during hearings by the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.
Scotty Dewayne Watson, whose hearing was held June 24, has served just over three years of 15-year sentence imposed after his conviction on possessing or receiving a controlled substance.
According to Alabama Department of Corrections records, Watson, 39, was paroled in 2009 after serving almost four years of a 10-year sentence for first-degree theft of property and first-degree possession of marijuana.
He was convicted in 2017 in Escambia County Circuit Court for possession or receipt of a controlled substance and sentenced to 15 years. His minimum release date, without a pardon or parole, is April 9, 2021.
Terrez McKenzie and Tommy Lynn Goins each had his bid for parole denied on June 25.
McKenzie, 43, was released from prison in 2009 but was convicted in 2011 of possession of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 15 years behind bars and has served 11-1/2 years. McKenzie won’t be released until January 9, 2024 unless he is pardoned or paroled.
Goins, 67, is serving a life sentence after a 1986 conviction for the shotgun killing his brother-in-law, Hank Roberts, who was shot once in the head. Goins claimed he killed Roberts because Roberts had physically abused his wife (Goins’s sister).
Goins has been in prison for almost 34 years. He will remain incarcerated for the rest of his life, unless a pardon or parole is granted.