A 14th Judicial Circuit judge has dismissed a post-trial motion seeking a new sentencing hearing for a former Viola woman serving a life sentence for the 1986 murder of her husband.
Janet Jackson wanted to be released from the life sentence she received for the murder of her husband, Kim Wayne Jackson, in an empty Mercer County farmhouse.
Judge James Conway said he found Ms. Jackson's latest effort "frivolous and patently without merit" in a decision filed Tuesday in the Mercer County Circuit Clerk's office.
In 2002, Ms. Jackson's sentence was reduced to 40 years by the Third District Appellate Court. However, that decision was overturned after an appeal by Mercer County State's Attorney Greg McHugh, and the life sentence resumed in 2003.
In her trial, prosecutors said Ms. Jackson and two men, Tony Royark and Michael Miller, planned to kill Mr. Jackson for a $150,000 life insurance policy.
First, there were failed efforts that included a natural gas explosion in a trailer, running Mr. Jackson down with a car and attempted poisoning, authorities said during the trial.
Eventually, Ms. Jackson convinced her husband to meet her at a vacant farmhouse to talk about reconciling. Mr. Royark and Mr. Miller were waiting at the house, and Mr. Jackson was beaten to death.
Mr. Miller, who was then 16, was sentenced to 17 years in prison and released in the 1990s.
Mr. Royark, 58, is serving a life sentence in connection with the crime.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.