Parole Board recommends clemency for convicted killer


LITTLE ROCK — The state Parole Board recommended executive clemency Wednesday for a former prostitute who pleaded guilty to killing a man in West Memphis more than 40 years ago.

The board recommended that Gov. Mike Beebe commute the sentence of Shirley Ann Danner, 55, who was sentenced in 1975 to life in prison for first-degree murder in the January 21, 1972, shooting death of T.G. Poteets. Danner admitted she fatally shot the West Memphis man, who she said had met her and another prostitute for sex. She was 22 at the time.

Since being incarcerated, Danner has traveled around the state with the Prodigal Daughters, a gospel singing group made up of female inmates.

Danner has been recommended previously for clemency more than a dozen times but has yet to receive a commutation from the governor.

The board’s recommendation will go to Beebe after a 30-day public notice period.