Parole denied for burglar, killer


News Staff Writer

An Escambia County man who has served barely 10 percent of his prison sentence and a convicted killer who earned extra prison time while being held in one of the state corrections facilities near Atmore, were each denied parole during December 10 hearings by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Joshua B. Ellis, 36, will remain in the Alabama Department of Corrections’ Pre-Therapeutic Community Program. Ellis has served about 19 months of a 15-year sentence he received from a 2019 conviction in Escambia County Circuit Court for third-degree burglary.
He has also built up nearly three years (973 days) of “good time” while incarcerated, ADOC records show.
The lengthy sentence was due to the inmate’s status as a repeat offender. Ellis was convicted in Escambia County in 2015 and served about two-thirds of a 3-year sentence for theft and burglary.
Vernon Kendrick George, 43, who was convicted of murder in Mobile County in 1974, was again denied parole by the state board.
George, who is serving a life sentence, has been behind bars for more than 27 years. He is housed at maximum-security William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer.
He was also convicted in 2009 of second-degree assault while he was an inmate at Holman Correctional Facility, near Atmore. His next parole-consideration date is December 1, 2025.