Mother of late Robert Manwill seeks parole in post-conviction relief case
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Melissa Jenkins, the mother of Robert Manwill, the murdered 8-year-old Boise boy wants a get-out-of-jail sooner card.
In September 2011, a judge sentenced Jenkins to 25 years behind bars for aiding and abetting Daniel Ehrlick in Manwill's murder. At that time, Jenkins said publicly she would not apply for post-conviction relief. However, in the last few weeks, the prisoner changed her mind, claiming insufficient counsel at her sentencing hearing.
Jenkins says her lawyers failed to tell her about DNA evidence Jenkins claims would have proved her innocence.
In tapes On Your Side obtained earlier this year of Jenkins' jailhouse phone conversations, she tells a family member she wants to appeal.
"All I'm asking for is five years earlier," Jenkins said. "I'm not even asking for any time off my sentence. I'm asking for the fact of five years early, after 20 years of being in here, I can come up for parole. Parole, not off."
Judge Darla Williamson who handed Jenkins her original sentence will decide on the post-conviction case. According to Jenkins, she'll take her chances.
"If I get the same judge she could still hit me and say 'No. You're going to deal with this.' Then, I will."
A status conference on Jenkins post-conviction case is scheduled for October 9.