By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Three area men, at least two of whom are former Atmore residents, were each denied parole during recent hearings by the Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles.
Dewitt Champ Carter was arrested on Class D felony drug possession charges in 2021 after Atmore police responded to a domestic disturbance at an East Horner residence. He was sentenced to serve 65 months in prison and had served one year and two months of the sentence on his hearing date.
Carter, currently housed at Staton Correctional Facility, also received a 10-year sentence while incarcerated — for promoting prison contraband — but the sentence is running concurrently with the possession charge.
He has accumulated a net 660 days of “good time” while in prison, and his minimum release date without pardon or parole is April 1, 2024.
Rodney Keith Hines, also formerly of Atmore, is serving a 15-year sentence he was handed in 2020 for violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. He had served only two years and about three months on the date of his hearing.
Hines, housed at Bibb County Correctional Facility, has been able to reduce the total time he will serve behind bars by accumulating 1,592 days of “good time.” His minimum release date without parole or pardon is April 12, 2025.
He also served 14 years, 11 months and 29 days of a 15-year sentence he received in 1998 for a first-degree theft conviction. While confined at an Elmore County correctional facility, he was convicted of first-degree sodomy but received only a concurrent sentence.
Clarence W. Foster Jr., former city of residence not provided, was also turned down for parole.
Foster was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after his 1990 murder conviction. An online search failed to turn up the name of his victim or any details of his crime.
Currently housed at Kilby Correctional Facility, he has been behind bars for more than 33 years. He will never be released from prison unless he is granted a pardon or parole.