The matriarch of a family caught in a web of criminal allegations is challenging her conviction on an ammunition possession charge.
On Thursday, a federal jury found Lori Jenkins, the mother of Nikko Jenkins, guilty of being a felon in possession. She's looking at up to 20-years in prison.
On Friday, she called WOWT Six News to speak with Brian Mastre and raise objections to how the case was handled.
Last fall Lori Jenkins walked into Canfield's and bought the ammunition investigators allege her son used for murder.
While investigators initially thought it was a cousin who bought the ammo, Lori Jenkins finally admitted it was her but she said she never gave it to her son.
She isn’t arguing that she was in Canfields. “No. No. No. No. No. I never disputed that part,” she said. “What I was disputing was a felon in possession of ammo."
Soon after walking out of court last fall on charges that were later dismissed, she was arrested again for the ammunition and has been in jail ever since.
In Friday’s call to WOWT 6 News, Lori Jenkins said she wanted everyone to know that in order to be convicted for Felon in Possession of Ammunition, you need to be felon. She said received probation, not jail, for a theft conviction in the late 1990s and she said that doesn’t make her a felon.
“They withheld that vital information from the jury,” she said. “They were bamboozled as well as I was. Information was withheld from them and me.
“I felt this whole trial should be a mistrial, because it was biased and prejudiced.
“They put all white jurors on me. I mean, you know, I've got white in me too. But I also have black in me. So I wanted there to be at least two or three black people on the panel."
Lori Jenkins says she tried to keep her son, Nikko Jenkins, from being released from the state penitentiary last July because of his mental illness. She says no one wanted to hear what she had to say and she fears no one is interested in her case either.
“They're trying to connect my dots to Nikko Jenkins’ dots. And they do not connect. They do not collaborate whatsoever. The exhibits that they've shown do not collaborate with the Nikko Jenkins case."
Lori Jenkins will be sentenced in June.