Pamela Smart seeks reduced sentence in husband’s death

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — 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.

Smart’s story inspired the book and Nicole Kidman film “To Die For.” The now 51-year-old Smart has exhausted her appeal opportunities.

She has 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 shot her husband, cooperated with prosecutors, as did three other youths. They served sentences and were released.

The attorney general’s office opposes her request.

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