In 2003, the governor’s son Kyle Beebe was arrested for possession of marijuana “with intent to deliver”, and was later convicted for the offense, but avoided jail time by completing 3 years of probation and paying over a thousand dollars in fines.
At the time of the arrest, the governor, who was then the state attorney general, said that his son would not receive any special treatment because of family’s political affiliations. Now, the governor is saying that he would have pardoned his son much sooner if only he had asked, and if the family wasn’t so embarrassed about the arrest.
“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.