Pamela Smart denied her chance at freedom decades after her husband’s murder


Now 54, Smart has exhausted all his judicial appeal options.

In this 2010 image taken from video, Pamela Smart is shown during an interview at a correction facility in Bedford Hills, New York. WMUR Television, file via AP

CONCORD, NH (AP) — Pamela Smart, a former high school employee who was convicted of recruiting her teenage boyfriend to kill her husband, was sentenced Wednesday after more than 30 years in a sensational trial. Shortage was denied a hearing, which inspired the books and the Nicole Kidman film. ,

Smart was 22 years old and working as a high school media coordinator when she began an affair with a 15-year-old student who shot and killed her husband, Gregory Smart, in 1990. Although he denied knowledge of the conspiracy, he was convicted of conspiracy. For committing murder and other offenses and sentenced to life without parole. The student, William Flynn, and three other teenagers co-operated with prosecutors, served short sentences, and were released.

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Pamela Smart and her husband Gregory Smart were on their wedding day. api file

Smart’s request was denied by the New Hampshire State Council in a 5-0 vote. This is the third time Smart has asked a council for a hearing. Now 54, he has exhausted all his judicial appeal options.

During a brief discussion Councilor Janet Stevens said “I am absolutely convinced that there is no evidence or argument”.

One thing that was different in this petition was that Smart apologized to her husband’s family for the first time.

“I offer no excuse for my actions and behavior,” she said in a recorded statement sent as a DVD to the attorney general’s office in December. “I’m guilty.”

“I’m sorry it took me so long to apologize to Smart Family, my family, and everyone else. But I feel like I wasn’t in a place where I wanted to own or confront him,” she said “I was young and selfish and not thinking about the consequences of what I was doing.”

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In this March 13, 1991, photo, William Flynn testifies on his 17th birthday how he shot and killed Gregory Smart in the courtroom in Exeter, New Hampshire. – Jim Cole / AP, FILE

In the state’s response, the Associate Attorney General, Jeffrey Strelzin, wrote that Smart had told a false narrative for more than 30 years and that just because he decided to change it “doesn’t mean he really changed.” and has fully confessed to all the offenses committed, as an accomplice and conspirator in the murder of her husband, and as the perpetrator of tampering with the witness.”

Strelzin, who opposed the reduction in punishment, said, “Decades of lies cannot be undone in an instant by new claims of remorse and vague acceptance of responsibility.”

The lawsuit was a media circus and one of the first high-profile cases about a sexual relationship between a school staff member and a student. Joyce Maynard writes “To Die For” in 1992, drawing from Smart Case. It inspired a 1995 film of the same name, starring Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix.

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

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Pamela Smart at a 1991 news conference. — Mark Wilson/The Greeley Tribune Globe, File

In addition to earning two master’s degrees at the Bedford Hills, New York, prison, Smart has taught fellow inmates, served as a minister, and is part of a prisoner liaison committee. Her application included several letters of support from prisoners, supervisors and others.

In addition to saying she repented and had been rehabilitated, Smart’s appeal granted pardons to three other women in New Hampshire in murder cases. But the state contended that the cases involved charges of less serious second-degree murder and that other women did not entice a juvenile to commit murder.

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