- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Parole Board is recommending a life sentence be commuted for a 44-year-old man convicted of murder in northwest Arkansas more than 20 years ago.

Paul Stacy was convicted in the 1993 killing of 38-year-old Gene Cook in Benton County. Prosecutors say Stacy and another man attacked Cook with a tire iron as part of a robbery. Stacy was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

The board’s recommendation to commute Stacy’s sentence now heads to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who makes the final determination in the case. Prosecutors are opposing the request.

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