Michael Jackson could receive early jail release

Wed. July 21, 2010 5:39 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

Chicago, IL - Michael L. Jackson, the former Chicago Department of Health employee convicted of murder after running over a Chicago cab driver in 2005, may be released before his projected parole date of July 20, 2011 according to the Windy City Times.

The gay weekly reports speculation that Jackson could be released as early as this week is unlikely. However, attorney Tom Breen, who represented Jackson during his 2006 trial, told WCT that Jackson could be released to a halfway house until his parole date.

On August 20, 2006, Jackson was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2005 killing of Haroon Paryani, a cabdriver, that stemmed from a fight over an $8 fare. He received a sentence of 15 years and is currently serving time at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Illinois.

Jackson was a policy and communications specialist at the Public Health Department's sexually transmitted disease/HIV/AIDS division.
In 1992, he established the Hearts Foundation, a non-profit organization which has since folded.

Jackson's father, Larry, told the Windy City Times that Michael has earned some time off for good behavior and that he could be released early next year.