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William “Billy” Flynn, who killed Pamela Smart’s husband gets work release

  • FILE - In this March 18, 1991 file photo, Pamela Smart, 23, takes the oath before sitting in the witness stand in Rockingham County Superior Court in Exeter, N.H.  William  Flynn was moved to a minimum-security prison this past week as part of a work-release program. At 15, he began a torrid affair with Pamela Smart, his teacher for a self-esteem course at his high school. Flynn was convicted of killing Gregg Smart in May 1990, a week before the couple’s wedding anniversary. Smart was also convicted and is serving a life sentence. Flynn was sentenced to 28 years in prison. (AP Photo/Jon Pierre Lasseigne,File)

    FILE - In this March 18, 1991 file photo, Pamela Smart, 23, takes the oath before sitting in the witness stand in Rockingham County Superior Court in Exeter, N.H. William Flynn was moved to a minimum-security prison this past week as part of a work-release program. At 15, he began a torrid affair with Pamela Smart, his teacher for a self-esteem course at his high school. Flynn was convicted of killing Gregg Smart in May 1990, a week before the couple’s wedding anniversary. Smart was also convicted and is serving a life sentence. Flynn was sentenced to 28 years in prison. (AP Photo/Jon Pierre Lasseigne,File)

  • FILE - In this March 12, 1991 file photo, William Flynn, 17,  testifies in Exeter, N.H., March 12, 1991 in the Pamela Smart murder conspiracy trial.  Flynn was moved to a minimum-security prison this past week as part of a work-release program. At 15, he began a torrid affair with Pamela Smart, his teacher for a self-esteem course at his high school. Flynn was convicted of killing Gregg Smart in May 1990, a week before the couple’s wedding anniversary. Smart was also convicted and is serving a life sentence. Flynn was sentenced to 28 years in prison. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    FILE - In this March 12, 1991 file photo, William Flynn, 17, testifies in Exeter, N.H., March 12, 1991 in the Pamela Smart murder conspiracy trial. Flynn was moved to a minimum-security prison this past week as part of a work-release program. At 15, he began a torrid affair with Pamela Smart, his teacher for a self-esteem course at his high school. Flynn was convicted of killing Gregg Smart in May 1990, a week before the couple’s wedding anniversary. Smart was also convicted and is serving a life sentence. Flynn was sentenced to 28 years in prison. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • FILE - In this March 18, 1991 file photo, Pamela Smart, 23, takes the oath before sitting in the witness stand in Rockingham County Superior Court in Exeter, N.H.  William  Flynn was moved to a minimum-security prison this past week as part of a work-release program. At 15, he began a torrid affair with Pamela Smart, his teacher for a self-esteem course at his high school. Flynn was convicted of killing Gregg Smart in May 1990, a week before the couple’s wedding anniversary. Smart was also convicted and is serving a life sentence. Flynn was sentenced to 28 years in prison. (AP Photo/Jon Pierre Lasseigne,File)
  • FILE - In this March 12, 1991 file photo, William Flynn, 17,  testifies in Exeter, N.H., March 12, 1991 in the Pamela Smart murder conspiracy trial.  Flynn was moved to a minimum-security prison this past week as part of a work-release program. At 15, he began a torrid affair with Pamela Smart, his teacher for a self-esteem course at his high school. Flynn was convicted of killing Gregg Smart in May 1990, a week before the couple’s wedding anniversary. Smart was also convicted and is serving a life sentence. Flynn was sentenced to 28 years in prison. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

A man who was 16 when his adult lover recruited him and his friends to kill her husband in a case that inspired the Nicole Kidman movie To Die For has been moved to a minimum-security prison.

William “Billy” Flynn was transferred this past week to a facility in Warren, Maine, as part of a work-release program. Flynn testified against his former teacher, Pamela Smart, and said she wanted her husband dead so she wouldn’t lose her condo, furniture and dog in a divorce.

Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Gregg Smart in May 1990 and was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.

Pamela Smart, then 22, began a torrid affair with Flynn when he was 15. He was a student in a self-esteem course she had volunteered to teach at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, where she was the media services director.

Flynn testified that Smart helped plan her husband’s killing to make it look like a burglary. He said she persuaded him and his friends to kill her husband so she and Flynn could be together. She also stood to gain $140,000 from insurance on Gregg Smart’s life.

Gregg Smart was shot to death at the couple’s Derry condo. According to testimony, a friend of Flynn’s held a knife to Smart’s throat, and Flynn – after asking God for forgiveness – fired a .38-caliber revolver. Two other friends were in a getaway car.

Smart died a week before he and Pamela’s wedding anniversary.

Pamela Smart was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, being an accomplice to first-degree murder and witness tampering.

She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and has maintained she had nothing to do with plotting her husband’s murder.

The other three teens were convicted of murder conspiracy or accomplice charges.

The case was tabloid fodder and led to books and movies, including the 1995 film To Die For, which starred Kidman as a television personality who enlists three teens to kill her husband.

Legacy Comments2

This is pretty disgusting. What self respecting employer would hire Flynn. One positive is that Smart will never walk free again.

He paid his debt to society and for what I understand he was a model prisoner. If ex convicts can't get jobs, what do you expect them to do? I am sure you feel taxpayers have paid enough for him do you want him to go on welfare?

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