Paso Robles woman not guilty of murdering mother

December 11, 2013

sunni jacksonA mentally ill Paso Robles women who murdered her mother was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Tuesday

In April 2012, police responding to a 911 call found Sunni Jackson, 38, sitting outside the home and her mother Louise Grove, 61, in her bedroom, covered in blankets, with multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to her head.

Psychiatric experts testified Jackson, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was not sane when she killed her mother.

Jackson will be sent to a state psychiatric hospital for treatment. After six months, hospital staff can petition the court for her release if she is deemed no longer a danger to herself or others.

However, Jackson could remain in a psychiatric facility for the remainder of her life.

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Sunni Jackson is a great example of why we need Laura’s Law in SLO County. She was off her medication and Laura’s Law provides for a system whereby extreme mentally ill patients are monitored for treatment.

The impetus for Laura’s Law has to come from the Public Health Department and those who deal with the mentally ill in that department have spoken out for Laura’s Law. The money is provided by the state for this program.

The problem is that Dr. Penny Boorstein, the Director, is just too lazy to even debate the issue, and she’s the one that would need to bring this before the Board of Supervisors.

Oh, so she can be released in six months if she is no a danger to herself, who cares, or others? This is so she can have ANOTHER schizophrenic situation where she can kill someone else?

How many times have we read of scenarios like this, where they get out, and do yet another crime? ENOUGH of this goody-two-shoes nonsense, you do the crime, you do the time, period! She’s better off in an institution at our expense. Just plain ludicrous!

” … if she is no(t) a danger to herself, who cares, …”

Ted, we should all care; if she is a danger to herself, do you honestly believe she cares about hurting anyone else? If she were released and decided that she wanted to kill herself, what would stop her from getting behind the wheel of an automobile and driving head-on into the path of an innocent family?

She needs to get better, that much should be a given; if she cannot seem to get better, then she should stay in a treatment facility; if she can get better and become a productive member of society, I am uncomfortable with her being released back into society. Who’s to say she “gets better” but then six months later goes off her meds and hurts or kills someone else? Perhaps there needs to be a different resolution available; I’m not sure what that looks like, but simply releasing her after she is “cured” doesn’t seem like the smartest idea.


My stating that I don’t care if she is a danger to herself was a generalization. Of course “if” she got in a car and killed someone else, that would only conclude that she shouldn’t have been released in the first place because of her alleged, AT THE TIME, insanity.

I am sick and tired of the “Not guilty by reason of insanity” verdict. This insidious verdict grants that although the accused committed the act in question, they cannot be held legally responsible because they were not sane, AT THE TIME, I repeat, AT THE TIME, of the crime.

As this story concludes, Sunni will be acquitted and committed to a mental institution for an indeterminate period and can be released upon the recommendation of the institution’s psychiatrists at such a time the psychiatrists consider the person “sane.” BULLSHIT!

If we’re really sincere about the protection of the public, the mental condition of Sunni Jackson, AT THE TIME, she committed the crime is immaterial because the end result is the same, she killed her mother! The psychiatrist’s testimony in these cases at the mental institution are subjective and they often times contradict, and their alleged “expert status” should be stripped from them at the onset.

If Sunni is released under this premise, and commits another murder by being “insane,” AT THE TIME, again, then the psychiatrist that ordered Sunni’s release should be charged with Accessory to Murder!