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Mediator: Inmate Owed $7,500 of $2M

May 11, 2001

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A death row inmate who claimed he helped his wife earn part of her $2 million fortune while he was in prison is owed only $7,500, a court-appointed divorce mediator said.

Scott Wayne Blystone is imprisoned at the Geene County State Correctional Institution for killing a hitchhiker for $13 in gasoline money in 1983.

Three years ago, Blystone married a pen pal, Sharon Flora, in a a civil ceremony in which they stood separated by a glass partition in a prison visiting room. She moved to the Uniontown area to be near Blystone.

Blystone filed divorce papers a year later and asked a judge to freeze the couple’s assets after Flora cut off his $100 monthly allowance.

Blystone said he feared Flora would liquidate their holdings, which he estimated at $1.9 million.

But in court papers filed Tuesday, mediator Barbara Billing Carl said the couple made only $30,000 during their marriage and Blystone is due $7,524. The mediator recommended the divorce be granted.

Blystone and Flora have 10 days to appeal the recommendation before a judge rules.

Flora’s attorney, John H. Lowery III, declined to comment on the recommendation.

Blystone claimed he earned the couple’s fortune using investment techniques gleaned from reading financial magazines and The Wall Street Journal for 10 hours a day in his cell.

Flora claimed Blystone’s investments were too risky and saw her husband as a con man who married her for money after plying her with sob stories.

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