Parole Denied for Abused Women Jailed for Killing Husbands

SEPTEMBER 7, 2006 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA, MO - Two Missouri women who were granted clemency by former Governor Bob Holden in 2004 will not get out of prison early.

Livingston County Circuit Judge Warren McElwain denied petitions by Shirley Lute and Lynda Branch against the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole.

The women's cases were among eleven clemency requests sought by the Missouri Battered Women's Clemency Coalition.  Each case involves battered women convicted of killing their husbands.

After Holden commuted the women's sentences to life in prison with the possibility for parole, their supporters hoped the women would get a quick release.

But when the state parole board denied their requests for parole, the women filed the petitions, arguing that the board used inapplicapable laws in rejecting their requests.

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