No early release for long-time inmates


News Staff Writer

Two state inmates, including one who was convicted of killing an Escambia County man in 2005, were denied parole during recent hearings by the Alabama Bureau of Pardons & Paroles.
Darryl Swint, who is in his 27th year of state confinement, and Ian Lamar Thomason, who has been behind bars for almost 12 years, were turned down in their respective bids for early release.
Swint, now housed at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, has been incarcerated for almost 27 years, including 300 days of jail credit.
He was sentenced in 1995 to serve 25 years for a first-degree kidnapping conviction in Chambers County and was convicted a year later of second-degree burglary in Escambia County, for which he was given a 15-year sentence, to be served concurrently with the kidnapping sentence.
In 2001, while in a Barbour County facility, he was convicted of first-degree assault and promoting prison contraband and another 25-year term was tacked on. His minimum release date without pardon or parole is July 17, 2044.
Thomason, a Covington County resident at the time of his arrest, served a 5-year sentence after his 2006 conviction for manslaughter in the death — one year earlier — of George Eugene Dubose. He was also convicted in Covington County that year of criminal possession of a forged instrument, third-degree burglary and first-degree theft, each of which ran concurrently with the manslaughter sentence.
Details were unavailable for the crimes that put him back in prison in 2015, but each of the same charges are listed on Alabama Department of Corrections records. ADOC shows he is currently serving 20 years on a manslaughter conviction out of Escambia County, along with a Covington County conviction for criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree theft and third-degree burglary. All but one of the sentences are running concurrently.
Thomason has been locked up for 12 years, including more than four years (1,510 days) in jail while awaiting trial. His minimum release date without a pardon or parole is April 27, 2029.