Gary B.: Man charged with 2016 murder of area child soon to be eligible for parole, filing for clemency


White River Now’s Gary B. was recently sent a Facebook posting concerning the people entangled in the Skylar Shellstrom murder trial.

On Nov. 19, 2016, a couple — Victoria Dycus and James “Hagen” Glenn — reported to authorities that Dycus’ 4-year-old daughter, Skylar Shellstrom, was not breathing. She was taken to the hospital emergency room where the attending physician declared her dead shortly after her arrival. That physician believed the death to be a result of homicide.

The little girl’s body was sent to the state crime lab and on Nov. 29, 2016, the lab’s official notification to Arkansas State Police investigators was, “Skylar’s death was the result of a homicide.” The investigation continued and eventually, both Dycus and Glenn were arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Their bonds were initially set at one million dollars each and later reduced to $150,000 each. Glenn posted bond and was released. Dycus did not post bond. Dycus was released after more than nine months in jail on her own recognizance due to Rule 28.1 — the right to a speedy trial.

Dycus went to a jury trial in May 2018 and was found guilty and sentenced to 19 years in prison. Glenn entered a negotiated plea of guilty and was sentenced to 48 months in prison with a 72-month suspended sentence, a fine of $2,500, plus court costs.

The Facebook page with the title: “The Skylar Awareness” notes James Hagen Glenn is coming up for parole soon. Glenn is also filing for clemency with Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office.  Readers of the page are asked to write letters to the parole board and oppose Glenn’s parole, and call the governor’s office, and protest clemency. Also on the page is the address of the Arkansas Parole Board and James Hagen Glenn’s Arkansas Department of Corrections number:  170739.

On another note, back in June 2018, the Jesse Law Firm in North Little Rock filed a notice to appeal the verdict and sentence in the Victoria Dycus case to the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

For more on this story, click the links below.

Prosecuting attorney follows up with Gary B. regarding Skyla Shellstrom case

Dycus files appeal of conviction in death of 4-year-old daughter

Pre-trial hearing this week for Stone County man accused of murder in death of 4-year-old

Gary B.: The case of James Hagen Glenn entering negotiated plea in death of 4-year-old

UPDATE: Gary B. talks with prosecuting attorney about Glenn plea.

Dycus files appeal of conviction in death of 4-year-old daughter

Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 7.25.03 PMJames Hagen Glenn, photo from ADC inmate search site

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  1. Dear Gary B when are going to stop repeating what the Stone County Sheriff’s office said why don’t you get off your but and do your own investigation you would find some different facts Lance Bonds is Dirty and you say nothing the prosecuted Holly Miar will lie and cheat the only way she can win a case is by plea agreement you do nobody any good when you look the other way Pay Attention there is a veteran talking to you. We want Stone County cleaned up we are tired of the dope and the lies

  2. This should read, “Man wrongfully charged in child murder, is up for parole and is seeking clemency.” But no, you do not know what facts are. If he were guilty, Holly would have put him under the prison. You are a prime example of “fake news.”

  3. I studied this case He pled No Contest. He did not plead guilty. It may carry the same ending, but it does need to be reported correctly how they plead because he didn’t agree with something or he would have pled guilty. That is one fact that has been quoted wrong in all your reports. All the evidence pointed to the mother in the case as you remember quoting Holy. Big cities would have never taken James Hagen Glen’s case to trial for the lack of evidence for burden of proof beyond all reasonable doubt. It just looks like a case of pleasing the public instead of finding justice. It was an interesting study. Now its like a feeding frenzy of incorrect information and angering an emotional social media still using the original report when the two was arrested as judge jury and executioner. Seems a little bias for a radio station to request everyone send letters to the parole board on one case (per facebook message request) I haven’t heard the station make that request for all the other people coming up for parole in the state from our area. What makes this case more important? Does the other people’s cases not matter as much? Why all the publicity for a battery case parole over the Skylar Murder Appeal? It only received an “on another note” and she was the one convicted of all the details you described above. Why is a battery parole more important over all the other murder paroles in the state? (because I can’t find another time you asked the public for such a letter) Seems a little suspicious. Gary B.

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