The Arkansas Parole Board has denied a request by state prison inmate James Hagen Glenn of Mountain View for parole. Glenn came before the board after serving a year of his prison term.
Glenn was sentenced on July 11, 2018, to four years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with a 72-month suspended sentence. His sentence was based on a negotiated plea of guilty to first-degree battery in the case of the death of 4-year-old Skyler Shellstrom. He was also fined $2,500 plus $420 in court costs.
James Glenn Hagen (left), Victoria Dycus
His plea was after the trial of Victoria Dycus, the mother of Skylar Shellstrom. Dycus was found guilty of murder and sentenced by a Stone County jury to 17 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Skylar’s November 2016 death was considered a homicide by the attending physician at the Stone County Medical Center. Skylar was taken to the hospital by her mother and Glenn. The physician on duty in the hospital emergency room pronounced the little girl deceased.
After sending the little girl’s body to the state crime lab, the lab’s official notification to Arkansas State Police investigators was, “Skylar’s death was the result of a homicide.” The investigation continued, and in December of 2016, both Dycus and Glenn were arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
The prosecuting attorney at the time of Glenn’s negotiated plea to first-degree battery Holly Meyer, said Glenn was an abuser, but not a murderer. Meyer said his conduct was totally unacceptable, but not one person came forward to testify Glenn murdered the child — not one family member, not even the child’s mother, Victoria Dycus.
Meyer said a case like that of Skylar Shellstrom is a very emotional thing, even for her. She said it is heartbreaking even to think someone would abuse a child like what happened to Skylar.
There was opposition against parole for Glenn by a group of citizens from Stone County.
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