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Bounds parole hearing set
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J.B. Bounds at a previous parole hearing, with members of Sherman Wrights family looking on. - photo by Photo by Angie Meadows
A Warren County man who been incarcerated for the fatal shooting of a Smithville resident is scheduled for his fourth parole hearing on Oct. 16.Gerald Wayne (J.B.) Bounds, 66, received a life sentence in 1981 for the murder of Sherman Wright. Bounds was convicted of shooting Wright once in the head in front of the former Odyssey Arcade on West Broad Street in Smithville.The location, across the street from the Dairy Queen, now houses the Discount Tobacco Outlet.Bounds was found guilty in DeKalb County Court of first-degree murder in October 1981 and has remained in prison for 32 years.The shooting took place on February 2, 1981, and was apparently sparked by a disagreement over a gambling debt. While Bounds admitted to shooting Wright he has maintained that it was unintentional.In his last bid for parole, State Board of Pardons and Paroles member Yusuf Hakeem voted to deny Bounds petition and not to schedule another hearing for two years on the matter after hearing Bounds case on October 20, 2011.The final decision then rested with the other six members of the board, three of whom voted in agreement with Hakeem, insuring that Bounds would spend at least two more years in jail.After hearing testimony at Bounds' 2011 parole hearing, Hakeem voted that the case be put off for two more years before Bounds could be granted another hearing, and recommended that he become involved in such cognitive behavior programs as "Thinking for a Change,” “Criminal Thinking" and "Victim Impact" during his remaining time behind bars.The programs are courses intended to emphasize the role of altering an offenders patterns of thought, and are intended to bring about change in the way he looks at life.“Something that gives me great pause and great concern is your account of what took place,” Hakeem said at the 2011 hearing, “particularly when I compare that to the account that's in the appeals record.