Killer Denied Early Parole Hearing

Convicted killer Mason Jenkins will not be eligible for early parole board hearings.

In a decision released today, Justice Renne Pomerance ruled Jenkins’ application for a reduction in his parole ineligibly will be determined by the faint hope provision, which was amended in 2011.

Jenkins had argued that since he was sentenced to life in prison in 2001, the older and more lenient process should apply to him. The faint hope clause now requires judges to apply a more strict standard when screening convicted killers’ applications for early parole hearings. Jury trials are also restricted to protect victims’ families from having to re-live historic, painful crimes.

The Chatham man shot and killed his 18-year-old sister in January of 1998. In 2001, he was sentenced to life in jail with no chance of parole for 25 years.