Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles deny parole for Perry County woman

Published 8:52 am Thursday, November 5, 2020

A Perry County woman was denied parole this week by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Emma Jean Lightsey was denied parole from a life sentence for a 2002 murder in Perry County. Lightsey shot her boyfriend, Michael Sapp, at their home at County Road 45 in Perry County on Sept. 2, 2002.

Lightsey was of 25 inmates who were denied parole because they have been convicted of violent crimes. She is currently in Tutwiler Prison.

Lightsey has served 16 years after a Perry County jury convicted her of murder on Nov. 23, 2004.

Then-Perry County Sheriff James Hood ruled the death a homicide that occurred near the Perry County and Dallas County line. Prosecutors used phone records, witness testimony and an autopsy report to lay out the tragic shooting.

Autopsy reports provided by the prosecution show that it took Sapp about an hour to an hour-and-a-half to die from his wounds. Sapp was shot twice, once in the abdomen and once in the center of his chest.