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Parole hearing waived for woman convicted of 1997 Menlo Park murder

 

Stephanie Rochelle Jackson, 42, who in 1998 was convicted of murdering her boyfriend in Menlo Park, will be in prison for at least five more years, after she waived a parole hearing on March 15. The decision was made following a discussion with the prison's board, the prisoner, her attorney and the prosecutor, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

On Sept. 9, 1997, Ms. Jackson, then a 22-year-old transient, stabbed her boyfriend, 32-year-old Frederick Sims of East Palo Alto, in the heart during an argument over cocaine in a car at Bedwell Bayfront Park, prosecutors said.

Police reported they had been dating for about 18 months. On Sept. 13, 1997, Ms. Jackson turned herself in to the police at the Menlo Park police station and was booked into the San Mateo County jail on charges of murder.

During the trial, she claimed self-defense, prosecutors said, but the defense was rejected. She was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 18 years to life in state prison.

This is the second parole hearing since she was sentenced in August 1998, and she remains in custody at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla.

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