Easy come. Easy Go. Will you let me go? The song from Queen was never more relevant then the present for William Flynn (pictured to the left in a 1991 A.P photo.) William Flynn at age 16 had an affair with then 23 year old Pamela Smart. Pamela convinced him to kill her husband, Gregory Smart. In 1990, Pamela smart got life in prison for her role in the murder. William Flynn in 1991 was sentenced from 28 years to life for pulling the trigger. He wants Judge Kenneth McHugh to consider his reformation and release him from prison.
Since going to prison, Flynn has earned a high school equivalency degree and an electrician's helper license. Flynn has gotten married and helped raised money for charity. Flynn claims in his petition for sentence reduction that he has transformed himself into a "thoughtful and caring adult, intent on helping others." Flynn is now 33 years old.
Flynn wrote to the judge concerning the shame that he wears which is like a "huge weight strapped permanently across your shoulders." Prosecutors object to Flynns request as does the family of Gregory Smart (the victim.) A hearing is set for Friday in Brentwood, New Hampshire. Flynn has the support of more than three dozen prison employees, friends and relatives. Another nine people have come forward to indicate that they will employ Flynn upon his release. His attorney, Cathy Green of Manchester, New Hampshire says, "He has used those years to develop from a boy into a man of great character, fully rehabilitated and ready to contribute to society upon his release from incarceration."
It is hard to think of William Flynn any differently then the image of an angry, withdrawn teenager who shot Gregory Smart in the back of the head as Smart begged for mercy.Assistant Attorney General Kirsten Wilson said reducing his sentence would undermine the goals of punishment, rehabilitation and deterrence. Flynn wrote that he's not worthy of the Smart family's forgiveness and knows that "the word sorry fails to express the depth of what I feel." Flynn is trusted in prison. For example, he has been given work on prison security and camera systems. He is a member of the prison Jaycees, the NAACP and the Kairos Christian organization. He is director of the Long Timers Group and chairman of the Peer Education Group. He plays guitar, soccer and softball. Flynn has helped raise money for the Toys for Tots program and Salvation Army. He also helped build a children's playhouse for a family that moved to Maine after Hurricane Katrina.
Flynn is now married to Kelly Flynn, who owns a house where she lives with her teenage daughter. She said, "Bill has become a man who is worthy of respect, despite his past record."
Justice Kenneth McHugh is unlikely to listen to Flynn's plea. No, we will not let you go...
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