S. Illinois woman gets clemency in husband's death

CHICAGO (KFVS/AP) - A woman who served 27 years of a life sentence for her husband's death is among 87 people who have been granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Attorneys for the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield say Peggy Jo Jackson was convicted of first-degree murder in 1987. They say her husband was abusive and beat her regularly and that Jackson was convicted for not trying to stop her brother from killing him.

Jackson was freed from the Logan Correctional Center on parole on Friday.

Erica Nichols-Cook was the lead attorney on the case.

"We applaud Governor Quinn for the clemency of Peggy Jo Jackson," said Nichols-Cook, lead attorney for the Illinois Innocence Project. "The release is a victory for all innocent women that have suffered from serious domestic abuse."

In a statement, Quinn's office says the governor also denied 135 clemency petitions.

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