|Gov Blunt grants pardon to Stacey Lannert!Page 1 of 1 |
|I am not sure how many of my fellow Missourian's are familiar with this case...but it has been one that I have adamantly followed, written letters, and signed petitions in regards to.|
I am excited to know that TODAY, Stacey will have her first taste of FREEDOM in a long time! Here is the news release!
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt has commuted the prison sentences of two women who killed the men who had abused them.
"After an exhaustive review of the facts in both cases, I am commuting the sentences of Stacey Lannert and Charity Carey, who suffered extensive abuse before they took action against the men who raped them and subjected them to other horrible physical and emotional abuse," Blunt said in a statement.
Lannert has been in custody for 18 years after killing her father in 1990 when she was 18. Blunt says Lannert was sexually abused by her father for about nine years, from the time she was 8 until his death.
While the abuse issue was raised during her trial, the jury was told not to consider that as a mitigating factor. She was convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action and sentenced to life without parole.
Four jurors signed affidavits saying they thought the sentence was too harsh, and Lt. Tom Schulte, the first officer to question Lannert after the slaying, told the governor's office that he strongly supported the commutation.
"The night this happened, she was 18, alone, and I told her I'd be three for her," Schulte said. "It is 18 years later and I'm still there for her."
The commutation reduces her sentence to 20 years, making her eligible for immediate conditional release. Blunt says he supports that release being granted.
Lannert initially was offered a 15-year sentence as part of a plea bargain, but she refused to sign it because she would have had to say that she killed her dad for his money.
Her case was brought to the attention of former Gov. Bob Holden at the end of his tenure in 2005 when people carried posters and pictures at the Capitol asking him to show her mercy, but Holden took no action.
Outgoing Governor Matt Blunt is to be congratulated for his courage and integrity in making the decision. His decision not only paves the way for Stacey to enjoy a productful life after years of abuse and incarceration, but also reflects his genuine belief in the plight of all victims of abuse.
If you EVER think that petitions and letters do not count for much...or you ever think you are "just one person"...then reconsider. The Stacey Lannert website enews letter consisted of myself and 47 others....a teensy handful of folks in this worthy plight!