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Once-convicted mother killer turns down parole, writes letter explaining why

Noura Jackson 2015 (Source: WMC Action News 5) Noura Jackson 2015 (Source: WMC Action News 5)

A woman once convicted of killing her own mother does not want parole.

Noura Jackson's attorney, Michael Working, said she decided against trying to get parole because even without it she could be released in less than a year.

"She has lived a very regulated lifestyle, having had to answer to a lot of people," Working said. "She is ready for freedom to mean freedom."

If she accepted parole, she'd likely spend time on probation.

In 2009, a jury found her guilty of stabbing her mother, Jennifer Jackson, to death, but a federal court later found constitutional errors in the prosecution's case.

Those errors made Jackson eligible for a retrial. While awaiting that retrial, Jackson accepted an Alford plea, which allows her to accept punishment for a crime without admitting guilt. Jackson has repeatedly denied killing her mother.

In a letter obtained exclusively by WMC Action News 5, Jackson explained that she "does not trust the penal system or the Board of Parole to grant me a fair hearing." She also mentioned that she was denied bond and a bond hearing.

"For the first time in 10 years, I know what to expect," Jackson continued in the letter. "That is a future where I start and maintain a productive life not governed by a system that has continuously failed me and so many others."

The letter is signed by Noura Jackson.

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