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Victim’s friend wants to keep inmate behind bars

A parole hearing has been set for the man who hit a Clinton businessman who died a few hours later.

Rosendo Meek was originally charged with manslaughter after the May 2012 death of Brett Blakney after a scuffle outside Blakney’s downtown Clinton restaurant, the Black Dog Grill. According to police records, Meek punched Blakney who fell and struck his head on the sidewalk. Blakney died several hours late in the Ozark Health Medical Center Emergency Room.

Charges against Meek were reduced to battery-second degree and Meek pleaded no contest. He received a six-year sentence.

According to intake papers from the Arkansas Department of Correction, Meek, 28, has been at cummins since June 17, 2013.

A parole hearing has been set for Meek on Jan. 8, 2014, and Blakney’s friend and business partner is not pleased.

Shannon Deckard does not think Meek has been in jail long enough and is sending e-mails to friends and others familiar with the case asking them to take action to try to keep Meek behind bars.

Deckard would like the Parole Board to be flooded with letters telling the board how Blakeney’s death has affected them and to ask that Meek not be released.

Anyone who would like to submit a letter should send it to: Arkansas Department of Corrections Parole Board,

ATTN: Melissa Haney, 105 West Capitol, Suite 500, Little Rock, AR 72201, Deckard said. She said the letters should reference - Rosendo Ross Meek, ADC# 155132.

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