Chicago, IL —
Michael L. Jackson, the former Chicago Department of Health employee convicted of murder after running over a Chicago cab driver in 2005, has been released on parole after six years in prison.
On August 20, 2006
, Jackson was found guilty of second-degree murder in the Feb. 4, 2005 attack of cab driver Haroon Paryani. Jackson argued over an $8 fare before witnesses say he drove over the cabbie with his own taxi in Lakeview.
Throughout the trial the defense argued Paryani, a Pakistani immigrant, was the aggressor and Jackson was defending himself.
Jackson was sentenced to 15 years in prison and was serving time at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections website, Jackson was released Friday.
Last July, Jackson's father, Larry, told the Windy City Times
that Michael had earned some time off for good behavior and that he could be released early.
Jackson was a policy and communications specialist at the Public Health Department's sexually transmitted disease/HIV/AIDS division. He also co-founded the Hearts Foundation, a fundraising arm for HIV/AIDS service organizations, which has since folded.
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