Pamela Smart wants life sentence commuted, chance for parole

  • FILE - In this 1991 file photo Pamela Smart, testifies in Rockingham County Superior Court in Exeter, N.H. Patrick Randall held a knife to Gregory Smart's throat in May 1990 as Billy Flynn, who was Pamela Smart's teenage lover, shot him in the head. Flynn was paroled last month; Smart is serving life without parole after being convicted of plotting the murder. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File) Jim Cole

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Published: 4/10/2019 1:16:04 PM

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.

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