Convicted Killer Seeking Early Parole

A former Chatham man who was convicted of murder after his sister’s death in the late 1990s has a constitutional challenge underway in a Chatham court room.

Mason Jenkins was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years and would normally be allowed to apply for early parole under the faint hope clause because the crime happened while it was still in effect.

But in 2011, federal laws changed again, making the screening process more rigorous.

Jenkins is now arguing that he had already been sentenced, so the older law should apply, adding that changing the standards retroactively is unconstitutional. There’s no word when a decision will be made.