A former Franklin County woman charged with the brutal killing of her grandmother, 79-year-old Jane Parrent of Frankfort, in February of 1996, was pardoned Monday night by Governor Ernie Fletcher.
Jayma Leigh Hawkins was charged with second degree man-slaughter for beating and stabbing her grandmother to death. Investigators said it was over money for drugs.
Hawkins, 35 at the time, served out her sentence and has been living and working in the Louisville area for several years.
The pardon gives Hawkins all her rights back as a U.S. Citizen and virtually erases her criminal record.
Jane Parrent's family spoke to 27 NEWSFIRST Wednesday about the pardon. Tonja House, Jane Parrent's daughter says the pardon came with no warning and left her family in total shock. House says she is outraged by Governor Fletcher's decision.
William Johnson, Hawkins attorney at the time, agrees with the pardon and says his former client has become a better person since her time in prison and has become a good citizen.
27 NEWSFIRST also spoke to the Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland, who assisted the prosecution during the case, he calls the pardon, "an insult."
There is no legal action to reverse a Governor's pardon.
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