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S. Illinois woman gets clemency in husband's death

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

A woman who served 27 years of a life sentence for her husband's death is among 87 people who have been granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Attorneys for the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield say Peggy Jo Jackson was convicted of first-degree murder in 1987. They say her husband was abusive and beat her regularly and that Jackson was convicted for not trying to stop her brother from killing him.

Jackson was freed from the Logan Correctional Center on parole on Friday.

Erica Nichols-Cook was the lead attorney on the case. She calls Quinn's executive order "a victory for all innocent women that have suffered from serious domestic abuse."

In a statement, Quinn's office says the governor also denied 135 clemency petitions.

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