LAS VEGAS — Jamie Hein was convicted of second degree murder for the 2002 murder of her aunt’s boyfriend Timothy Herman. She was 21 years old at the time of the murder.
Depending on which version you believe Jamie Hein either innocently waived a knife to defend herself against Herman and the knife just happened to plunge into Herman’s heart, or she knowingly stabbed him.
There’s much more to the story, of course,
Hein went to live with her Aunt, Rebecca Garrison. She supposedly asked if Herman was gone and was told he was, but he allegedly returned just says after Hein moved in. All three were drug abusers and Herman had a violent criminal past.
At the time Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo said Hein did not like Herman and had even announced her plans to kill him.
He claimed that along with two teenage male accomplices, Christopher Divich and Sean Hazlehurst, they killed Herman. He said,
They beat him, they stabbed him, they threw bricks at him, they beat him over the head with a metal pole.
The teens copped deals and pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a four to 10 years in prison. Hein was offered the same deal but did not take it.
It took five years before her trial began and her family maintains that Hein got clean during that period and is not a violent person. They said that Hein’s trial was riddled with problems including unreliable witnesses.
After she was convicted she made a deal before she was sentenced and received a 10- to 25- year prison sentence.
Jamie Hein suffers from a medical condition called hereditary angioedema that causes swelling, particularly of the face and airways, and abdominal cramping. It’s a serious medical condition and, according to family, it costs Nevada taxpayers over $400,000 annually to care for Hein.
Her family wants her released to their care and has started a petition to Free Jamie citing the medical costs as one of the factors.
They contend she has been a model inmate and completely turned her life around. Hein has already been denied a pardon and is eligible for parole in 2017.
Taxpayers in Nevada ultimately foot the bill for Hein’s care which averages $38,000 per month.
If she is granted clemency and returns to California taxpayers there would pay for her expensive medical care.
Whether she remains incarcerated or is released taxpayers in whatever state she would reside it would ultimately foot the bill for her medical care, since the very expensive medical costs would not be paid by Hein or her family.
Should convicted murderer Jamie Hein be granted clemency due to her serious medical condition?