Pamela Smart, who is currently serving a life sentence for conspiring with her teenage lover to kill her husband in 1990, has been denied a sentence reduction by the highest court in New Hampshire. Despite several attempts by Smart to have her sentence reduced, including a recent appeal to the state council, her request was denied. Smart was a 22-year-old high school media coordinator when she began an affair with a 15-year-old student, who later killed her husband. She was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and other crimes, and was sentenced to life without parole. Despite denying any involvement in the plot, Smart has been unable to have her sentence reduced through judicial appeal.
Smart returned for a third time to an elected state council in an attempt to obtain a sentence reduction hearing last year, having exhausted her judicial appeal options. The five-member Executive Council, responsible for approving state contracts and appointees to courts and state agencies, rejected her latest request in less than three minutes. Smart’s repeated attempts to have her sentence reduced have all been unsuccessful, with her latest appeal being denied by the highest court in the state. Despite this, she maintains her innocence and has refused to admit to planning the murder.
Pamela Smart’s attempts to have her sentence reduced have been ongoing since she was first convicted in 1991. Despite multiple appeals and a high-profile media campaign, Smart has been unable to have her sentence reduced or overturned. While she continues to deny any involvement in the murder plot, her appeals have been unsuccessful, and she has now exhausted all judicial appeal options. With her latest appeal being denied in under three minutes by the Executive Council, Smart has now turned to the state Supreme Court in her quest to have her sentence reduced or overturned.
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