Pamela Smart continues to maintain her innocence in the 1990 murder of her husband, but New Hampshire’s newly inaugurated Gov. Maggie Hassan says there is no chance of a pardon.
“Governor Hassan feels that a pardon should only be considered in instances where there has been a clear miscarriage of justice,” Hassan spokesman Marc Goldberg said Sunday. “In this case, the governor believes Pamela Smart was justly and fairly convicted for her crimes by a jury of her peers and that there has never been credible information presented to warrant consideration of a pardon.”
Smart, 45, is serving a life sentence at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York. She was convicted of being an accomplice to first-degree murder, using 15-year-old William Flynn to carry out the shooting of Gregg Smart in Derry, N.H.
Eleanor Pam, a retired City University of New York professor who has served as Smart’s academic mentor at the prison, said Sunday that parole might be an option.
“It’s too premature for us to be talking about a parole request by Pamela Smart,” Pam said in an email. “Nothing concrete is presently happening but as always, we are thinking about the options.”
Hassan’s predecessor, Gov. John Lynch, also said Smart should serve her full sentence.
Smart was convicted after a sensational trial in which Flynn and three others, Patrick “Pete” Randall, Vance “J.R.” Lattime Jr. and Raymond Fowler, were convicted for their roles in the murder. Smart met Flynn through her job as a media coordinator at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton.
During the trial, Smart admitted to having an affair with Flynn, but denied being part of the murder. She testified Flynn murdered Gregg Smart because she was ending their relationship and getting back with her husband. Prosecutors alleged Smart seduced the teen and put him up to the murder so that she could avoid a divorce and collect on the couple’s life insurance.
Flynn is serving his sentence at the Maine State Prison in Warren, Maine; he is eligible for parole in 2015. Lattime was released from prison in 2005 and Fowler in 2003.
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