BOISE -- Robert Manwill's mother, who is in prison for aiding in her son's death, now believes her appointed counsel failed her, according to new court documents. Melissa Jenkins filed a petition for post-conviction relief in late August.
In 2011, a judge sentenced Jenkins to 25 years in prison without parole for aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the death of her son Robert.
In 2009, then 8-year-old Robert died at the hands of his mother's boyfriend, Daniel Ehrlick. Ehrlick disposed of Manwill's body in an irrigation canal to hide his crime. After he was arrested and put on trial, Ehrlick maintained his innocence. A judge sentenced Ehrlick to two life sentences last June.
However, Jenkins made a plea agreement with prosecutors. She is currently serving a 25-year sentence at a women's prison in Pocatello. The 25 years is the maximum allowed under her agreement. However, that plea agreement does not stop Jenkins from filing for post-conviction relief.
In a hand-written letter Jenkins sent to the Ada County Clerk of the Court, she said her lawyers did not do enough for her case. Jenkins claims her appointed lawyers did not tell her about DNA evidence that could exonerate her, did not present mitigating evidence, and did not try hard enough for a change of venue out of Ada County.
Post-conviction relief is a civil matter, so it is going through Ada County's civil court.