Tuesday, January 22, 2008

William Flynn, Murder of Gregory Smart, Seeks Sentence Reduction Because He Has Reformed- by Legal Pub


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It is hard to think of William Flynn any differently then the image of an angry, withdrawn teenager who shot Gregory Smart in the back of the head as Smart begged for mercy.Assistant Attorney General Kirsten Wilson said reducing his sentence would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...

Interested in what Pam Smart is up to? LINK

24 comments:

J.J. said...

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Legal Pub Meister, this is an example of a young man who has reformed. He is no longer a killer. It is cruel to keep him locked up. He can benefit society as an electrician and as a father. We need not forget his crime to forgive the young man.

He has turned to God for forgiveness. Now we just need to open up the closed minds and open the cell doors and let him have a second chance.

J.J.

jill said...

I enjoyed the LINK on first page as to Pam Smart. Seems like she has really struggled with life in prison...


Jill

Ms Calabaza said...

I say give this guy a chance. I also believe this kid has reformed and would not be a danger to society. I remember seeing clips of this trial and he was devastated about what he was lead to do. Yes, I know it was his own will, but he was very, very influenced by Pam Smart. I say a half-way house and probation and give him a chance to start over.

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ralph said...

This guy is a cold blooded murder who shot a man in the head as he begged for his life.

Lee where are you?


Ralph

Ms Calabaza said...

uh-oh!

jerry, jerry, jerry!

Lee said...

It’s good to hear from you J.J. But I disagree that he should be let out. Has he reformed? Maybe. But I see it as do the crime, do the time. He’s reformed? Fine, let him show the civilized world that. Later, not the now.

That’s pretty good for a person that, I my view, should be plant food.

L.S.

Anonymous said...

So don't do the crime unless you are prepared to do the time! Don't do it!

Anonymous said...

The kid was and is an idiot for being so duped by Pam Smart.

Anonymous said...

Smart was not as smart as she thought she was... and this kid Flynn was just plain a moron!

Anonymous said...

Trigger men deserve no sympathy!

Viper said...

This article got me angry enough that I wrote todays article on Legal Pub about men using science to select better mates!

Anonymous said...

No early release.

Anonymous said...

Nope, the kid is gonna stay in jail!

Anonymous said...

Little boy needs to grow up and except the consequences of being a man!

Anonymous said...

More time in the clink for the lad...

Anonymous said...

Hey ho, lock him up and away...

Sorry doesn't cut it kid, but a knife might!

penny said...

More jail time, but congrats on finding a woman who would marry you


Penny

Anonymous said...

What kind of a woman marries a boy who becomes a man in prison?

Seriously, I would like to try to understand.

SOME ONE WHO CARES said...

HI I AM HAYLEE AND I SAY HE SHOULD BE LET OUT BECAUSE MY MOM KNOWS HIM AND SHE WAS FRIENDS WOTH HIM AND SHE SAID HE WAS NOT A BAD KID HE MADE A STUPID CHOSE THAT HE WAS PUNISHED FOR AND HE NEEDS TO GET OUT SO I CAN MEET HIM BECAUSE I KNOW WHO HIS FIRST GIRL FRIENDS WAS AND EVERYTHING AND I BET HE KNOWS MY DAD DENNIS SMALL HOPEFULY HE HAS A GOOD LIFE AND GETS OUT SOON
BECAUSE HE HAS TO BE FOR GIVEN SOME DAY FOR THAT MISTAKE AND PAM IS A WHORE BECAUSE SHE WAS SLEEPING WITH RAY VANCE PETE AND BILL SO I FEEL BAD FOR HIM BECAUSE HE WAS IN LOVE WITH HER AND SHE WAS JUST A COLD HEARTED PERSON THAT WENT TO A WATER PARK AFTER HER HUSBAND HAD BEEN KILLED SHE IS A SLUT I HATE HER HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HER SHE SHOULD SUFFER

Anonymous said...

The boy made a mistake. But now he must be a man and accept the consequences of his actions. He will get out of jail some day. But for now, he needs to pay the price of his mistake like a man.

Anonymous said...

Flynn is still grinning...

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legal eagle 7 said...

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Legal Eagle 7