By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
An Atmore man with a penchant for mugging elderly individuals and robbing them of their valuables, and a Brewton man who has been diagnosed as an anti-social “Peeping Tom” and is serving a life sentence, were each denied parole during recent hearings by the Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles.
The Atmore man, Jeffrey Daniel Gentry, is serving his third stint in prison since 2009, each after a conviction for third-degree robbery, a Class C felony.
His most current conviction came in 2022, when a conviction for third-degree robbery resulted in a 20-year sentence. Housed at Limestone Correctional Facility, he has served just over one-tenth of the sentence.
Gentry served all but a few days of a 3-year sentence after his 2009 conviction for mugging and robbing individuals in Atmore and Walnut Hill.Fla. He was back behind bars in 2015 and served all but a day of a 5-year sentence he received after being found guilty of four counts of third-degree robbery and one count of third-degree burglary.
Unless he is granted parole or a pardon, Gentry will remain in prison until October 3, 2036.
Grover Cleveland Baggett of Brewton is serving a life sentence (with the possibility of parole) as a habitual offender after his 2015 conviction for breaking into at least two houses and peering through the windows of another. He has served just over 10 years.
According to court documents, Baggett, who is serving his time at Easterling Correctional Facility, has been diagnosed as suffering from voyeurism and anti-social personality disorder. He reportedly told authorities upon his arrest that his actions were due to his desire to watch his “fantasy girlfriends” as they went about their lives.
He was convicted in 2013 on a charge of second-degree burglary and served all but a few days of a 3-year sentence. A psychiatrist determined that Baggett, who was also arrested in 2010 on charges of burglary and criminal surveillance, was “at risk to hurt himself and to possibly rape” and recommended that he “not be in the free world.”
He will spend the rest of his life in prison unless he is granted a pardon or parole.