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Pamela Smart again asks for reduced sentence for 1990 murder plot


Added 05-15-19 02:18:02am EST - “CONCORD, N.H. ?" Pamela Smart is again asking for a chance at freedom nearly three decades after she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husba?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Pamela Smart again asks for reduced sentence for 1990 murder plot”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

CONCORD, N.H. — Pamela Smart is again asking for a chance at freedom nearly three decades after she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband in New Hampshire, a scandal that inspired a movie starring Nicole Kidman.

Smart, 51, has exhausted her appeal opportunities since she was imprisoned in 1991. She’s petitioned New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and a five-member council that approves government appointments, contracts and pardons to grant her a hearing for parole consideration or reduce her sentence. The council meets Wednesday; it denied a similar request nearly 14 years ago.

Smart, a high school media coordinator, was convicted of plotting with student William Flynn to murder Gregory Smart in 1990. She denied knowledge of the plot. Flynn, who was 16 when he shot her husband, cooperated with prosecutors, as did three other youths. They served prison terms and were released.

The trial was a media circus and one of the first high-profile cases about a sexual affair between a school staff member and a student. It inspired the Joyce Maynard novel “To Die For,” which, in turn, was made into the movie “To Die For.”

Flynn testified that Smart told him she needed her husband killed because she feared she would lose everything if they divorced. He said she threatened to break up with him if he didn’t kill Gregory Smart.

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