Pamela Smart says while it is good that Billy Flynn has been forgiven for his role in the 1990 murder of Gregg Smart, she feels it is unfair, as she is not being granted the same mercy. Smart believes she too deserves to be released from prison.
In an interview with ABC affiliate WMUR on Wednesday, Pamela Smart says serving a life sentence is worse than the death penalty. Smart began her life sentence in 1991 for conspiracy to commit murder and being an accomplice to first-degree murder for her role in the murder of her husband, Gregg Smart.
Billy Flynn, who was 16 at the time he killed Gregg, was granted parole last week, according to the Associated Press. Flynn’s parole date has been set for June 4.
Smart says life in prison is tough, and she does not think she deserves to die there. She believes she should be granted the same mercy as Flynn and the other boys involved. Pamela says she is in no position to judge whether Flynn’s parole is right or wrong, but wants to know why parole should not be an option for her as well.
“I think forgiveness is a good thing, but why is there no forgiveness for me? Why is there no mercy?”
Unlike Billy Flynn, Pamela Smart has never acknowledged guilt for her role in Gregg Smart’s murder. She says her only responsibility in her husband’s death was having an affair with her student.
“I didn’t want him to. I didn’t ask him to. I know if I never was involved with Bill, Gregg would probably still be alive.”
Pamela Smart has exhausted all appeals. Her only hope for release is if the governor were to reduce her sentence. Smart believes she deserves a sentence reduction because she is not the monster the media has portrayed her to be.
“I’m reading stuff people say, that they hope I die in prison or that I need to spend the rest of my life in here. It seems like they’ve created a caricature of a person that everybody’s projected so much hate onto, and that’s not even the person that I am. It never was.”
Gregg Smart’s family supports Billy Flynn’s parole, as the Inquisitr previously reported. Although the family does not forgive anyone involved in the murder, they feel justice was done in the case of Billy Flynn and the other three teen boys who were involved in the murder. However, Gregg’s brother, Dean Smart, tells WMUR that he believes Pamela Smart should continue serving her life sentence. The family staunchly opposes the governor reducing her sentence unless she admits guilt.
“I don’t think she should be free. I think she orchestrated, planned and plotted the whole thing, and the state does, as well. That’s why the boys are being freed, and she is not. And until she could admit her guilt, why would they change it?”
[Image courtesy of WMUR]