Saturday, November 6, 1999

Harmon Friend To Be Released From Sentence

Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday commuted the sentence of Sharlene Wilson, 45, former girlfriend of ex-prosecutor Dan Harmon. Wilson's 31-year sentence for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance was shortened to the time she already has served.

Wilson was arrested in Hot Spring County in 1992 while Harmon was prosecutor for the 7th Judicial District, which included Saline, Grant and Hot Spring counties. Wilson was convicted in 1993.

In announcing the commutation, Huckabee said law enforcement officials of the district did not object.

Harmon was convicted by a federal court jury in Little Rock in 1997 of five of 11 felony charges of racketeering, extortion and drug conspiracy.

In 1993, Wilson told Saline County Sheriff Judy Pridgen that Harmon was one of several men involved in the deaths of two Saline County teen-agers who were found dead on railroad tracks in the county 10 years ago. No one has been charged in those slayings. Wilson later recanted her statement.

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