William “Billy” Flynn, the trigger man in the sensationalized Pamela Smart murder case, will face a parole board, as covered by the Inquisitir this morning. Interestingly, Flynn has an unlikely person in his corner: the victim’s brother, Rick J. Smart.
Smart believes that Flynn should be paroled and given a chance to redeem himself. However, Smart does not condone the actions of the man who took his brother’s life that fateful day, but he does feel that it is time to move forward.
“I think he did his time. He was at a young age. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he shouldn’t have been punished, but I want to put this behind me and I’m sure he wants to put it behind him,”
Although Smart feels that Billy Flynn should be released, he does not believe that Pamela Smart should be given the same opportunity.
When Smart was asked if he forgave the man who shot his brother, he responded by saying, “I don’t know if I’d call it forgiveness. I think he was influenced a lot by Pam — especially by the sex. Some kids, that’s all they think about at that age. I feel like he got his punishment. Maybe he can make something out of the rest of his life. What’s important to me is Pam stays in jail for the rest of her life.”
Flynn was only 15-years-old when Pamela Smart seduced the teen and then eventually persuaded the youth to take her husband’s life on May 1, 1990. The Smart family has faced more tragic losses through the years following the murder of Greg Smart. Judith Smart, the mother of Greg Smart, died a little less than a decade after his murder, and the father, William Smart, eventually succumbed to pancreatic cancer. The three Smart family members are all buried next to each other in their family plot.
Even before William Smart passed away, he believed that Flynn should be released after turning 40-years-old.
“I think if he was still alive he would believe the same thing.”
Rick Smart has stated that he has wondered about Flynn in prison and what he was doing to improve his life. During his time in prison, Flynn was able to attain his GED, as well as an electrician license, and he also married and has a step-daughter.
Smart has stated that he would like to maybe in the future sit down and speak to Flynn about how the murders transpired.
“Maybe some day I would like to speak to him just so I could find out how… exactly what happened from someone who was there. I kind of want to know, but at the same time, I just want to move on. He took our brother and my parents’ son at a young age. I would hope that by now he would realize what he did, and I think he probably does. He’s had a lot of time to think about it. Whether he’d be honest with me about that, I don’t know. It wouldn’t change my opinion about him getting out, but if I was him, I wouldn’t try and squander it.”
If the parole board decides to release Flynn, it will be no sooner than June 4. Pamela Smart has taken no position on the possible release of her former lover but hopes she is given the same chance for freedom.