Monday, May 07, 2007

Missouri Battered Women's Clemency Coalition At Work

This case caught my eye:

A 76-year-old woman left prison Friday after living 25 years behind bars for helping kill her husband, who she said had been abusing her.

Shirley Lute was released to shouts of support and cries of "We love you, Ms. Lute!" from inmates at the Chillicothe Correctional Center, said Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Hauswirth.

Lute was initially sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 50 years. She was convicted of aiding her son in killing her husband, Melvin, whom she claims physically tortured and mentally tormented her.
Since this woman will be on parole for the rest of her life, and likely has conditions which are designed to keep her from being in this situation again, she isn't as dangerous as many who have been released on parole after only a few years.

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