August 1, 2010 marked twenty years our daughter, Pamela Smart, has been imprisoned for a crime she did not commit. She has a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Her conviction was based on the words of Bill Flynn, the admitted killer of Pamela’s husband, Gregg Smart. He murdered our son-in-law, but with his perjured and plea bargained testimony, he will reclaim his freedom and his life.
Flynn’s partner in crime, Pete Randall, who controlled Gregg by holding a knife to his throat, will also be freed. He too offered perjured testimony implicating our daughter, and he too received the benefits of a shameful and undeserved plea bargain. Both Flynn and Randall are housed in a minimum secured facility close to their families in Maine and both can apply for sentence reductions every two years. Pamela is housed in a maximum secured facility, hours and a lifetime away from us; her application for a sentence reduction was not only not heard or considered, but wasn’t even allowed to be placed on the agenda by the governor and voting members of the committee.
Vance Lattime, who provided the gun they used and drove the getaway car, according to his own testimony, is already free.
In the state of New Hampshire, they call this “justice.”
We, her family, also have a life sentence. Every day we work in some capacity to save our daughter’s life. She was not even at the scene of the crime and has consistently denied any role in the murder of her husband. Pamela’s unfair trial and unjust conviction will forever be a blight on the New Hampshire judicial system. Prison is a hell on earth filled with hate, despair, and perpetual loss and indignity. We do not believe anyone should serve a sentence of life without the possibility of parole based on the words of admitted murderers.
On March 11, 1993 our daughter was taken from the New Hampshire State Prison for Women and deposited in a New York maximum secured facility, miles away from everyone she knows. We were told that New Hampshire does not have such a facility, but that is not the fact. We believe that the state was threatened by the large amount of public support shown to Pamela by people all over the country and all over the world. She continues to hear from many who voice an interest in helping her cause, believe in her innocence or are outraged by the disparate sentences and treatment given to her in contrast to the three individuals who were directly and actually involved in Gregg’s murder.
We will continue, as we have in the past, to inform and enlighten the public to this grave injustice. With your help and through this site, we will work to secure Pamela’s freedom which was so harshly and unfairly stripped away on August 1, 1990.
On behalf of our daughter, our family thanks you for your prayers, kind words and acts of support. We do appreciate these efforts so much.
John and Linda