MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied a woman’s request to be pardoned for a murder conviction going back over 40 years in Gardendale.
On Tuesday morning, Jackie Sue Nichols was denied her request for a pardon for her murder conviction. In 1982, she was found guilty of murder in the death of Joe Page, a pharmacist and co-owner of J&J Drugs in Gardendale. The news was confirmed by Page’s son, Rodney.
Page was shot during a robbery at the pharmacy. Nichols and Phillip Sapp were later arrested and charged in the case. Sapp later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
“They preyed on his kindness in order to rob him, kill him,” Rodney Page said leading up to Nichols’ pardon hearing.
Nichols was sentenced to life in prison, but was released on parole in 1996 after several appeals. She last sought a pardon in 2004, but was denied. Prior to the hearing Tuesday, Page’s family and friends planned to protest in Montgomery.
Page said that despite being satisfied that Nichols’ pardon request was denied, he believes that he and his family will continue to relive their father’s death through repeated requests from her to be pardoned from her conviction.
“We know it’s going to happen again. We could do this all over again in two years,” he said. “I’m very anxious about that and not looking forward to it.”