Pamela Smart admitted she was “immature, selfish and proud” in her latest pardon to get out of prison after she was convicted of helping her then 15-year-old lover kill her husband.
Smart, 54, has spent more than half her life in prison since she was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, witness manipulation and complicity in first-degree murder in the 1990 murder of her husband Gregg Smart, 24, in their Derry, New Hampshire, home.
In her latest plea for leniency, Smart said she was “immature” when she blamed others for her husband’s murder, which she helped orchestrate with her then 15-year-old lover William “Billy” Flynn.
“It has taken me years, even decades, to take responsibility and I must bear that burden alone and rightly for the rest of my life, realizing that the pain and suffering I have caused are irreparable,” she wrote in the letter. her lawyer. Robert Juceam filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s office.
“I blamed others for my incarceration because I was immature, selfish and proud. I refused to see my own part in Gregg’s death and instead referred to another guilt.
“From this burden I can never and must never be free,” she wrote to New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and the council, which turned down her last plea for clemency in 2019, as has been done multiple times by governors to Smart’s previous requests. .
Pamela Smart, 54, admitted she was “immature, selfish and proud” in her latest plea for leniency after spending more than half her life incarcerated in a high-security facility in New York
She was convicted in 1991 of complicity in the murder of her husband Gregg Smart. In her pardon, she apologized to Greggs and her own family, saying she would bear the “burden” of his death forever.
At the time of her husband’s death, she admitted to having an affair with Flynn, but denied any involvement in Gregg’s death.
The couple had been married less than a year when Smart, then 22, conspired to kill her husband.
She was convicted in 1991 by a jury in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, and is serving a life sentence without parole in a maximum-security prison in Bedford Hills, New York.
Smart appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, which declined to hear her case.
She has been asking for a pardon since 2004. In 2019, her commutation was denied after the attorney general’s office said she “never took full responsibility” for her actions and there was overwhelming evidence.
William ‘Billy’ Flynn (pictured) was 15 years old when he and Smart had an affair. Smart apparently threatened to withhold sex if he didn’t get rid of Gregg. He shot Gregg in the head
Smart married Gregg (right) on May 30, 1989 and was complicit in his murder on May 1, 1990
The attorney general’s office has confirmed to the New Hampshire newspaper Union Leader that it has received Smart’s request and is currently pending.
Governor Sununu said New Hampshire has “a fair and thorough process, and it’s important to let the process go through.”
Smart remains the only person associated with the case still behind bars.
Flynn, who fired the gun that killed Gregg, was released in 2015 after 25 years behind bars.
The three others involved in the case – Patrick Randall, Vance Lattime and Raymond Fowler – were released between 2003 and 2015.
Despite calling her prison experience “humble and instructive,” she said in her letter that she wants to be released to care for her aging parents and “spend the rest of their remaining years making up for everything they lost because of me.” ‘.
Smart’s attorney Robert Juceam (pictured) submitted her plea to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office
She also “promised” not only to “be good, but to do good.”
“I promise I will do that with all my heart.”
Smart’s lecherous affair caught the attention of the nation, especially because of her affair with Billy Flynn and inspired the 1995 film To Die For starring Nicole Kidman.
She married Greggory Smart in May 1989, but less than a year later he was shot execution-style on May 1. Pamela was 22 at the time. She was arrested on August 1, 1990.
She was accused of seducing 15-year-old William “Billy” Flynn and threatening to stop having sex with him unless he shoots her husband. He later shot Greggory Smart in the head with a .38-caliber revolver with the help of three friends.
The authorities believed that the murder was carried out on Smart’s orders. To maintain the relationship, Flynn obeyed and recruited friends to perform the deed.
Smart’s case was the first murder case in history to be televised hammer to hammer.
It is not known when Smart’s plea will be decided.