Family Unsatisfied with Sentence

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Rosemary McClain was convicted of complicity to murder in the 2005 death of Lisa Jenkins. A jury recommended her sentence Friday and the victim's family calls the punishment a “slap on the wrist.”

The family of Lisa Jenkins says 20 years is not enough.

“I don't think it's right. Twenty years is just a slap on the wrist for murder. It's just not right,” says Austin Jenkins, Lisa’s son.

A jury handed down its sentence Friday morning, recommending 20 years in prison for McClain.

“I was shocked. I was terribly shocked. I think that she should have been given more time than 20 years for the crime that she committed,” says Theresia Gibbons, Lisa’s sister.

She says sitting through McClain's trial has been hard for Lisa's children.

“They have suffered since this trial started. They've been having nightmares. These children are torn apart.”

“I'm just glad it's over with and I don't have to deal with it any more,” says Austin Jenkins.

“She might have got away with 20 years here, but when she has to face Him, she'll pay,” says Lisa’s husband, John.

He says there is not a day that goes by that he does not miss his wife.

McClain's family declined to comment today for our report. She will be sentenced by a judge September 22nd.


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  • by Theresia Location: Harlan on Sep 20, 2008 at 09:47 PM
    To everyone that comes to this site with an opinion of thought, I would like for you to know that I'm Lisa's sister, Theresia. Just to set the story straight, the motive behind my sisters death never came out, the two that killed her told two different stories of why she was killed no matter what the reason was they never had the right to take her life! Those two people will never suffer the way she did, I only hope that they both get everything that is comming to them! Nothing would be too good for neither of them. Somewhere down the road they will meet their maker! I've had so many thoughts about what happend to Lisa and all I wanted was to hear the truth come out about what happen that day, that aweful day that these two people decided to play GOD !!!!!!!!!!!!! As a friend told me they will pay for what they did, one way or another. We the family of Lisa Miles Jenkins wish to say Thank-You for all of your kind words and thoughts. I only pray that no one ever has to go through this
  • by FRIEND Location: CUMBERLAND on Sep 13, 2008 at 09:06 AM
    Lisa was a pretty and caring person who never did anything bad to anyone. May god bless her in his kingdom of heaven.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 12, 2008 at 11:00 PM
    this is what on my mind i think the two people who killed lisa she get the death pentaly and i hope they both rotten in hell and i am friends with her sister and i she need more then 20 yrs i think she need to be on death row and so should been on death row too but when god comes the will meet there maker and i hope they go straight to hell
  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Sep 9, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    MAYBE I WILL ,AND U DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE NOBODY.THATS GOD,S PLACE ROSEMARY SHOULD GET MORE THAN 20 YEARS TO!!!!SHANNON GOT LIFE AND SHE WILL WALK FOR HER PART SHE TOOK IN IT TO ........AND THATS NOT FAIR AND IM NOT TAKING UPFOR NEITHER ONE OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!IM JUST SPAEKING MY OPINION IM ALOUD TO DO THAT U OR NOBODY ELSE CAN TAKE THAT FROM ME,I FEEL SORRY FOR THE FAMILY,I AGREE ON WHAT EVEYBODY SAYS BUT THAT,S ,,,,I JUST CANT JUDGE ANYBODY GOD WILL TAKE CARE OFF THEM FOR SURE!SO U CAN DO THE SAME THING U TOLD ME DRINK YOUR COFFEE AND DRINK IT BECAUSE I DRINK MINE EVERY MORNING.IM JUST SORRY FOR THE FAMILY THIS HORRIBLE THING THAT THEY DID I KNOW THAT,NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROGH SOMETHING LIKE THIS ,BUT ITS NOT MY FAULT OR YOURS ITS SHANNON&ROSEMARY FAULT,...JUST ,DON,T FORGET THEY R A FEW CHILDREN INVOLED IN THIS ,SO ALOT OF LIVES WAS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE OF THIS AND YES THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY,,,,,,,,,,,,,SO U CAN SAY WHATEVER U WANT TO ITS YOUR RIGHT
  • by Jane Doe Location: Baxter on Sep 8, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    Anonymous, Who defends Shannon, what fairy tale do you believe in or other what world do you live in? Shannon did'nt get what he deserverd, they should hang him and Rosemary then leave them in the woods for the animals to eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Put that in your coffee and drink it!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2008 at 07:44 PM
    HE DIDN,T TAKE A PLEA BARGIN FOR 3 YEARS CHECK YOUR NEWS OUT !!!!!HE GOT 20 TO LIFE AND WHAT DID SHE GET NOTHING? YES YOU MITE AS WELL SAY SHE DID SHE SHOULD HAVE GOT MORE TIME THAN WHAT SHE DID!!!!!!!!!NO ,IM NOT TAKING UP FOR HIM BUT HE IS NOT THE ONLY GULITY ONE!
  • by JANE Location: KY on Sep 7, 2008 at 05:23 PM
    TOO THE PERSON DEFENDING SHANNON GARLAND, I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE WRONG!!!!!!!! SHANNON IS A COLD BLOODE KILLER!!!!!!!! YOU MUST BE SOME KIN TO THIS ANIMAL NEXT TIME YOU SEE HIM ASK HIM WHAT HAPPEN TO LISA'A RIGHT HAND OH BY THE WAY I HOPE THAT SHANNON ROTS IN HELL!!!! BY THE WAY SHANNON GARLAND TOOK A PLEA BARGAIN FOR THREE YEARS, HE NEEDS 200 YEARS, BUT THAT'S OK HE WILL GET WHAT'S COMMING TO HIM, YOU CAN COUNT ON IT!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: ky on Sep 7, 2008 at 07:28 AM
    Hey,just to let everybody know Shannon Garland got his time so put allthe blame on him.Rosemary, s dad was there so i think that should get him to!!!!!!!!!!!!I know Shannon Garland and i know that he didn,t kill lisa,he was framed but that jack- ...ss family.Rosamary was not afraid of him her dad &mom knows more than what they r saying,,,and by the way Shannon did not have 4 conviction,s being a felon,,i know for a fact......The boy was just in the pin for accidentally catching the woods on fire,,the was alot ofpeople with him ,the was drinking ,,but everybody decides that u r a bad person but he is not!!!!!!!!so everybody has opinion,,,and mine is that he was at the wrong place,,and everybody dont know everything about this case,,rosemary is not a saint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!she is a evil person and does anybody know that she run him off but what they also fell to tell that she wrote him a letter her and her kids,begged him to come back over there to her house,,so there u go .........
  • by anonymous Location: ky on Sep 6, 2008 at 08:05 PM
    I think that it was a slap on the wrist to,this was very creul.I know the family to and i am so sorry for them.They was alot in this case that i think should have came out.I honsetly think that rosemary dad had some hand in it to,and why they didn,t get him.That courthouse is a joke.I think that Mr Garland is notlying about all of that and i,m noy saying that he shoudn,t be in jail he should be.But everybody is aloud to have thier opinion that,s the only thing that they can,t from us.so yes i think that (RosemaryMcclain)should have got more time than what she did!!!!!!!!!Ifeel sorrry for that family and for the other 7 kids invloved in this mess.If we got money u can get anything u need done but if u r poor u might as weelhang it up , because we r not gonna get anything ,,,,this really sad
  • by Steve Location: Cumberland on Sep 6, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    I'm a member of the family, A terriable thing happen three and a half years ago to Lisa, it's ashame that it took this long to get justice but in the long run GOD will deal with these people. it's ashame that these children have to grow up without their mother, I know that their lifes will never be the same. I think that Shannon Garland was the one who did the actual stabbing and that Rosemary is the one who lowered her, lISA into the house. After all this there is still no motive behind the killing and I hope that one day the truth will come out for it might not be very impotant to you but this is very important to the family. The jury had a hard time but they did what they thought was fair. I only hope that this will never happen to another family. Last but not least I think that new laws should be past that dosent allow for plea bargains when there is enough evidence to proscute. I also think that no one should have to wait as long as they did for JUSTICE !!!!!!!!!!!!
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