One of the 81 people granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn a day before Thanksgiving is a Chicago woman who stabbed her boyfriend to death 30 years ago in a killing that the prisoner review board found was in self-defense.
Felecia Williams can now try to have her conviction expunged, making it easier to find work. She was fired from a job as a home care provider for the sick and elderly in 2006 when her employer discovered the conviction during a background check.
The Chicago Tribune reports Williams killed her boyfriend, Lonnie Brown, in 1982 during a fight in which he struck her in the throat and choked her.
She was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years of probation and 120 days of periodic imprisonment.