Parole denied for inmates Daniels, Kemp

Published 3:47 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2023

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Two inmates who were sentenced by the Circuit Court of Marengo County have been denied parole by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. The two requests, held on Thursday, June 8, were for Demetrius Daniels and Edward Kemp.

Daniels is serving time for five 2022 convictions and is incarcerated at Staton Correctional Center in Elmore County.

The five cases, stemming from incidents in 2021, include: Possession/Receiving of a Controlled Substance (Class D), five-year sentence, Possession of Marijuana (first degree), five-year sentence (to served concurrently), Possession/Receiving of a Controlled Substance (Class D), five year sentence (to be served concurrently), Possession of Marijuana (first degree), five-year sentence (to serve concurrently), and Escape (third degree), four-year sentence, (to serve concurrently).

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Daniels also has criminal record dating back to September of 2015 where he was charged with Possession of Marijuana (first degree), two-year sentence, and Receiving Stolen Property (second degree), three-year sentence (served consecutively). Daniels was granted parole on June 1, 2016 after serving less than a year-and half.

Daniels’ next parole hearing has been reset for June 2024. His minimum release date is February, 13, 2027 unless he is granted parole.

The second inmate was Edward Kemp who is being held in the Childersburg Community Work Center in Alpine, AL in Talladega County. Kemp was sentenced for the murder of Keith Smith of Demopolis on March 27, 2008. The murder occurred in either late 2005 or early 2006.

Kemp’s father, Robert Bishop, and aunt Sandra Russell spoke to the board in favor of Kemp’s parole. Speaking against parole were Doris Hancock (with VOCAL) and Nayla Contreras (Victims Service Officer with the Attorney General Office. The board voted to deny Kemp’s parole with a reset date of June 2028.

Kemp’s minimum release date is January 13, 2038 unless he is granted parole.