Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will issue a pardon to his son, Kyle, for a felony drug conviction. Beebe is leaving office in January due to term limits.
"I would have done it a long time ago if he'd have asked, but he took his sweet time about asking. He was embarrassed. He's still embarrassed, and frankly, I was embarrassed and his mother was embarrassed. All of the families that go through that, it's tough on the families, but hopefully the kids learn," Beebe told KATV-TV.
"Kids when they're young do stupid stuff. He was no different. Liked to have broken his mother's heart. His mother and I were stereotypical parents from the different end of the spectrum. She was the enabler that tried to fix everything. I was the nuclear bomb thrower that thought you ought to shoot him. Somewhere between those two extremes was probably the right thing to do," he added.
The younger Beebe submitted a pardon application where he said, "Mr. Governor, I am asking for a second chance at life. I am asking for a second chance to be the man that I know that I can be."
"At the time of my arrest I was living in a fantasy world, not reality. I was young and dumb. At that time in my life I felt like I was missing something and I tried to fill that emptiness by selling drugs," he added.
KATV has more on how the pardon process works:
The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Kyle Beebe for pardon on Oct. 20. The recommended pardons are posted for 30 days. Afterward, it is up to Gov. Beebe to pardon those recommendations or deny them.
Along with Kyle Beebe, nine others with similar drug charges were recommended by the board for pardons from the governor.
In 2003, Kyle was convicted of possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. He was placed on probation, which he completed in 2006 according to a release by the Arkansas Parole Board.
"I can tell you that [Kyle] Beebe did not receive any special treatment by the Board while his application was under consideration," a board spokesman told the station.