Family Outraged Over Fletcher Pardon

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

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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  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 at 02:53 PM
    she had served her time..okay thats FINE. but there are reasons certain crimes carry with them the loss of rights..and a pardon should have never been granted here.
  • by John Location: Frankfort on Dec 16, 2007 at 08:06 AM
    She was initally charged with murder but convicted on the lesser charge of manslaughter 2nd. Money, powerful attorney and politics got this done.
  • by Carl Location: Stanton on Dec 15, 2007 at 04:44 PM
    Murder is Murder: How could this person have been charged with second degree man-slaughter for this crime. This is a prime example of how the Judical System in this country has fail again. If this person had been convicted for murder, which is what she did, she would hopefully still be in prison. Anyone convicted of a crime of this nature should never have their slate wiped clean because their slate probably has a long history of violence.
  • by aj Location: corbin on Dec 15, 2007 at 04:21 PM
    read the whole story she wasn't in jail. she had already been released a long time ago.. so what is the big deal. she did her time!
  • by John Location: Frankfort on Dec 15, 2007 at 03:24 PM
    Do not forget folks that Bill Johnson was her of the most powerful ones in the state as well as she somehow had the money to pay him. unfortunately our system works this way a lot.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Dec 15, 2007 at 02:58 PM
    Every time a governor or a president leaves office, he or she grants pardons. And there is outrage and much talking and shouting as to what should be done. Then a few weeks pass and the people forget about it and go on with some other "outrage." This is part of the power that goes along with being the head of the executive branch. Perhaps this should be a question asked of candidates during the campaign?
  • by Melissa Location: Flat Gap on Dec 15, 2007 at 08:45 AM
    She served her TIME, why did'nt she get MORE TIME than WHAT she did? O'MY GOD Look at what she did to her own Grandmother! What is the JUDGE'S NAME that did this? " VOTE HIM OUT PEOPLE " we don't need Judge's like that in any County in the State of Kentucky. And as for the PARDON, I'll bet GOD WILL NOT GIVE HER ONE! And your right GAIL, ( from Frenchburg )this is nothing more than a SLAP IN THE FACE TO US KENTUCKIANS FOR NOT PUTTING THE %^&^%&^%& S O B BACK INTO OFFICE! If your a Convicted Felon you should have to WARE THAT NAME THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!
  • by a Location: ky on Dec 14, 2007 at 04:12 PM
    who are we to judge? the bible teaches that there is only one judge and WE are not that one. if you have told a lie at any point in your life, you are no different in GODS eyes than a murderer. one sin is no different then the other. GOD did not scale the 10 commandments from best to worse. if you think that GOD forgives you when you ask for his forgiveness when you sin a little, then why would you think that he would not forgive all sin. JUDGE NOT.
  • by Tina Location: Owingsville on Dec 14, 2007 at 01:47 PM
    Forgiveness should come from the victims family when they are ready to give it- Not the Governor. The victim's families should be notified and asked how they feel about it before it is done. At least they would feel as if their feeling are being considered. Both sides must be considered- not just the convicted felons.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 14, 2007 at 07:47 AM
    There's an easy fix to this - don't allow Governors the power to pardon. Period. You do the crime, you do the time, and pay the penalty like you should. End of story.
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