The Transylvania Times -

By Lenora Carver
Staff Writer" 

Norman Could Be Eligible For Parole in 2012


March 11, 2011

Jacob Norman

If he successfully completes a program, Jacob A. Norman, who was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife, could be released from prison after serving 20 years of a life sentence.

The N.C. Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission announced recently that Norman could be released from prison on Dec. 20, 2012 if he successfully completes the Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

Norman, now 56-years-old, was convicted on March 21, 1990 for the first-degree murder of his wife, Sylvia.

MAPP, a scholastic and vocational rehabilitation program, gives prisoners early release in exchange for successfully competing educational and vocational training. If Norman does not successfully complete the program, he will not be released. The Commission said it would notify the public if and when Norman is released to supervised probation.

Since Norman's conviction is prior to Oct. 1, 1994, he does not fall under the current state structured sentencing laws that elimi-nated the possibility for parole.

Norman was convicted of murdering his wife in November 1989 in the couple's Hawthorne Drive home by choking her to death.

At the time of the murder, Norman was working as a part-time teacher at Western Carolina University while earning a master's degree in math and computer science.

Sylvia was a civil engineer graduate from N.C. State University and a supervisor of the control lab at DuPont.


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