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Pamela Smart wants life sentence commuted, chance for parole

April 10, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Pamela Smart, serving life in prison for plotting with her teenage lover to kill her husband, is asking that her life sentence be commuted and she be given a chance for parole.

WMUR-TV reports that Smart is petitioning Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and the Executive Council. Last year, the council put off a request for a sentence reduction appeal.

Smart is in a New York prison in connection with the 1990 murder of her husband, Gregg Smart, in Derry. Smart was a 23-year-old high school media coordinator when she seduced 16-year-old William Flynn in 1990. Flynn testified that Smart told him she needed her husband killed because she feared she would lose everything if they divorced. Smart insists she didn’t plan her husband’s murder.

Flynn and three others convicted of lesser charges are out of prison.