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 Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance. 1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.