Once-convicted murderer to be released from prison

Once-convicted murderer to be released from prison
Published: Aug. 4, 2016 at 6:05 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 10:22 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A woman once convicted of killing her own mother will be getting out of prison Sunday.

In 2009, a jury found Noura Jackson guilty of stabbing her mother to death in 2005. Jackson's mother, Jennifer, was stabbed more than 50 times in the east Memphis home they shared.

Later, a federal court found constitutional errors in the prosecution's case, which allowed Jackson to have a retrial.

During the retrial, Jackson accepted an Alford plea, which allowed her to accept punishment for the crime without admitting guilt. She continued to maintain her innocence while accepting a 15-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter based on her plea.

That 15-year sentence allows her to be eligible to get out of prison early.

Jackson's attorney said she will get out of prison Sunday. Court records confirm Jackson is scheduled for release.

"I'm pleased to see her regain her freedom as she is pleased as well," Jackson's attorney, Valeria Corder, said.

Corder said her client hopes to go to college when she is released. During the 11 years she has spent behind bars, a lot has changed.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich was the lead prosecutor in Jackson's 2009 case.

"I hope that she's been rehabilitated in her years in prison," Weirich said.

Jackson maintains that she never killed her mother. When she walks out of prison she will be free--not supervised, on probation, or parole.

Her attorney said Jackson will likely leave Memphis when released.

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