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Man gets early parole after receiving life sentence for 1993 Charlotte murder

Jimmy Hancock (Photo courtesy of the NC Dept. of Corrections) Jimmy Hancock (Photo courtesy of the NC Dept. of Corrections)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man who received a life sentence for a 1993 Charlotte murder will be getting out of prison on parole in less than a week.

Jimmy Lee Hancock, 40, was convicted of second-degree murder on May, 4, 1995, for the death of 28-year-old Kimberly Smith. 

Smith was pregnant when she was shot by Hancock in December of 1993.  Police said she was  trying to buy drugs at a public housing project in Charlotte.

Smith was taken to the hospital and her son was delivered prematurely five minutes before she died.  Police later charged Hancock with Smith's murder. 

In a letter released Thursday, Feb. 10, the N.C. Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission said it had approved Hancock's parole. 

A spokesperson for the parole board told WBTV that Hancock will be released on Monday, Feb. 21 or thereafter. 

He is currently being held at the Buncombe Correctional Center in Asheville.

Although Hancock has only been in prison for 16 years, the parole commission says he was eligible for early parole because he was convicted under the N.C. Fair Sentencing Law in which parole is a possibility for crimes committed before October 1, 1994.   

The state's current sentencing law, which is called Structured Sentencing, now eliminates parole for crimes committed on or after October 1, 1994. 

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