By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
While an Atmore man who served more than one-third of a 20-year sentence was granted parole, a Brewton man who has served slightly more than two years of a 15-year sentence wasn’t as lucky during recent hearings by the Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles.
Demetrius Marque America was convicted in 2015 on charges of first-degree theft, third-degree forgery and first-degree escape. He was released from Frank Lee Work Release Center after having served nearly seven years of his sentence.
Meanwhile, David Jeromy Emmons of Brewton, who is behind state bars for the third time since 2015, was turned down for early release.
Emmons was convicted in 2021 on one count of third-degree burglary and two counts of possession of a controlled substance (one here, one from Shelby County). He was sentenced to serve 180 months and has served 27 of those.
He was sentenced in 2020 to eight months in prison for possession or receipt of a controlled substance and served that sentence. He was also sentenced in 2015 to serve 12 years after his conviction for manufacturing a controlled substance. He served only one-third of that after being credited with 3,090 days of “good time.”
The minimum release date for Emmons (without pardon or parole) is April 12, 2026. He is currently housed at Kilby Correctional Facility.