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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