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  • jurydoc Dec 11, 6:52 p.m.

    DAG - NC has what is called the felony murder rule. That means that if a murder occurs during the commission of another felony, then anyone associated with the other felony can also be charged with capital murder. This woman was with others who had committed a bank robbery. Even though someone else pulled the trigger, all associated with the underlying felony can be charged capitally. This law is still on the books and it is still used. Prosecutors have discretion in charging, however, and if they don't feel that level of charge is appropriate, they do not charge that way.

  • HeBlessesMe Dec 11, 5:52 p.m.

    See, I read the comments on this story and it makes me wonder. Don't get me wrong, I pray for the victims of all families, however, do you not realize that convicted murders and sex offenders get released everyday and have served even lesser sentences than these inmates have served? By the way, these same convicts were given "life" sentences as well. Then I read about the unfortunate accident in which the student was killed recently. According to what I read and how your message can be interpreted, this boy should serve life too because MURDER IS MURDER. I understand that it was an accident, but he knew better than to drive 90 miles/hour and at 17, he should NOT be charged as a youth offender, he should be charged as an Adult. He knew right from wrong.

  • BikerDoc Dec 11, 4:55 p.m.

    rich son -
    Unless I slept through a decade or two, Democrats have run NC (the laws in question here are NC laws) since before I was born. There haven't been any Repugnican majorities in the GA in many years, and even a Repugnican Gov in NC can't veto bad bills. No, the Dems own this one in its entirety.

  • DAG Dec 11, 4:41 p.m.

    Why was she convicted of murder if an accomplice shot the officer? And if one can be convicted of murder for someone elses actions during a crime, why aren't more people charged like this? I'm missing something here...

  • wildcat Dec 11, 4:25 p.m.

    Murder is murder and she should served the time that was given to her. After that only then should she be released.

  • jlewis2262 Dec 11, 4:23 p.m.

    I mean she was already left off of a death sentence that should have been enough. Come on look at the crime she committed. My heart goes out to the victims families they will NEVER get there loved ones back

  • wildcat Dec 11, 4:14 p.m.

    She thought she was going to be home for Christmas. No so. She will be having her dinner in the prison dining room. But hey her family can still visit on certain days. Just let the prison officials know.

  • we_all_have_it_coming Dec 11, 4:10 p.m.

    "The law is the law, whether we like it or not. So, they made a mistake in making the law what it was. Now, years later, it is discovered to not be the political thing to do, but the law HAS to be followed, or our whole system is a failure. Eventually they WILL be released. ( I dont condone this, but we have rules to follow)
    MamaDummy"

    The name says it all.

    There was no law that allows them to get out before 80 years (and there is not one now!).... they are playing some of you for fools. They are "mixing-n-matching" certain aspects that have arisen over the years to obtain a get-out-of-jail free card.

    You actually think there is a law on the books that states:
    OK...you were sentenced to DEATH...but we will make that 80 years... and now we will cut that in half.... and then, let's see.... you were pretty good in jail so lets take away another handful of years... and OH BOY.... you get to go home!

    Really believe that?

  • whatusay Dec 11, 4:01 p.m.

    If she committed the crime 34 years ago and the law says she can get out in 40 instead of 80, that still leaves 6 years. She hasn't served 1/2 of her term yet. This new liberal law says up to 1/2 time credit (I thought).

  • wildcat Dec 11, 3:55 p.m.

    All prisoners should remain in prison and served their time that was put forth to them in court. Cutting their time, telling us what? Allow them to serve their time for what was given to them and when they do that, only then should they be released.

  • commandokidd Dec 11, 3:52 p.m.

    She cheats the death sentence and now wants out? Whats wrong with this picture?

  • me2you Dec 11, 3:51 p.m.

    I'm so sick of hearing people say the law is the law. Well change the law if it keeps these people locked up. Why are people so afraid that keeping these people locked up with destroy our legal system? I don't care what the law says...keep them locked up. Why do they want out so badly anyway...have they really been habilitated? I doubt it.

  • wildcat Dec 11, 3:48 p.m.

    Now that the news is out, all prisoners of NC is desperately tring to find a way out. The way I see it, Gov. Bev Purdue is not going to allow that to happen. Next time a decision comes up, the leaders will give good thought in decision making. This decision has come back to bite them.

  • teacher-mom Dec 11, 3:33 p.m.

    I thought I read a couple of weeks back that murderers and rapists were excluded from the good behavior days in the rewriting.

  • teacher-mom Dec 11, 3:32 p.m.

    I cannot imagine how these convicted people will manage to get a job when people who have clean records cannot.

  • teacher-mom Dec 11, 3:31 p.m.

    I have been following the story of the life is 80 years. Whatever happened to life is life? Who changed that? Was thiss person authorized to do that? I find it hard to believe the powers that be will free rapists and murderers while letting someone rot in jail for that 3 felony strikeout. Have the authorities taken leave of their senses?

  • MamaDummy Dec 11, 3:29 p.m.

    The law is the law, whether we like it or not. So, they made a mistake in making the law what it was. Now, years later, it is discovered to not be the political thing to do, but the law HAS to be followed, or our whole system is a failure. Eventually they WILL be released. ( I dont condone this, but we have rules to follow)

  • euimport Dec 11, 3:26 p.m.

    why not just settle the suit? give her millions right now and the key to the city. and a gun (of course).

  • kodac31 Dec 11, 3:08 p.m.

    Well lets see...A Trooper killer, no doubt WRAL is all over this one, hence their total disrespect for the NCSHP. And folks, if you think for one second we have the backing of the Judges in Wake County!! Go laugh at yourselves...They are all in the pockets of the trial lawyers! Vote em all out!!

  • blessedmomof2 Dec 11, 2:46 p.m.

    How is it that her hair is done, she has on nice pair of eyeglasses and in PRISON. But we that abide the laws of the land, pay our dues AND work hard can not even afford to get a hairdo but maybe once every 2 months??? That is why foreign countries make fun of us in America. Cause we are so superfical in appearance whether it be clothing or judgement. So instead we waste our tax money on people like her who can break the law and just because she has been NICE she deserves to get out....please.

  • Raptor06 Dec 11, 2:46 p.m.

    "The law is the law."

    Yes, it is, but the "law" serves our society; society doesn't serve the law. The law was "wrong" to have been implemented.

  • acc_blood Dec 11, 2:45 p.m.

    I can't tell if some of the posts here were put on by illiterate readers (lol), ignorant people, or just liars. READ THE STORY! This woman did NOT shoot a highway patrolman. Tragically, a great man that served us and our state was murdered in cold blood, but this woman did not shoot him. One of her bank robber accomplices did. It's "felony murder" - not "cold-blooded pre-meditated murder." So why does this woman get sentenced to death for a murder that was 100% committed by some other scumbag -- yet the young man (acting alone) that chased a young bride down in the suburbs of Chapel Hill and executed her got 10 years for "second degree" murder?

    Because it's all about the DA -- and what they can make stick. I don't think she should be set free, because unfortunately, our system cannot inject a case-by-case decision -- and some real cold-blooded murderers could be released. But let's stop pretending that this woman is one of those individuals.

  • Grandaddy Dec 11, 2:25 p.m.

    If she, or any other the rest of the inmates, are still sucking in air, they have not completed their obligation to the state. I don't care what a slick lawyer says If you are still breathing you are not dead. I know several people that are over 80 years old. Try telling them they have finished their life.

  • thinkbee Dec 11, 2:25 p.m.

    jafarmg2 - maybe you'd like to offer her a place to live..... with you.

  • jafarmg2 Dec 11, 2:00 p.m.

    You're right...I have never committed any crimes . This woman did (murder) and she should serve her sentence...life (80yrs) in prison.
    Deb1003
    GOLO member since July 26, 2007
    December 11, 2009 12:40 p.m.
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    According to the North Carolina Supreme Court, she HAS served her time. The law is the law. You might not like it. I might not like it. But the bottom line is...she should be released.

  • jafarmg2 Dec 11, 1:58 p.m.

    Comments like this make me want to puke.

    You don't give a darn about the person who was murdered... just the last one standing. Why the heck is she enjoying the opportunity to work anyway?

    Geez.... our country is stinking up with idiots that cannot wait to come to the aid of a murderer. We are doomed!!
    we_all_have_it_coming
    GOLO member since November 20, 2009

    Hummm....maybe some Pepto Bismal will help

  • jafarmg2 Dec 11, 1:56 p.m.

    If I remember correctly, she has to serve some federal time for the bank robbery after she finishes her state time. I wonder if she'll be allowed to keep her secretarial job when she's doing her federal times. probably NOT!

  • BigBangTheorist Dec 11, 1:50 p.m.

    I wish I could get credit for good behavior! Maybe I should commit a crime first.....That's the stupidest ruling I ever heard! If these people want credit for good behavior, maybe they should think twice before they commit MURDER!!!

  • djofraleigh Dec 11, 1:37 p.m.

    >So Why are you SO mad????? Because she killed a human being or because that human being happened be a State Trooper?<

    The THIN BLUE LINE is truly not many people between the good guys and the bad. When someone kills a cop, who is there protecting us, then who knows what would be done to the rest of us, and that person has to go, and stay gone. She shouldn't get out to dance on his grave or do anything else.

    People need a limit, a line not to cross. Even during a fight people will usually control their passions and let an officer take control of a situation. If they won't, then they've created a worse crime in my opinion.

    Trouble here is she has a chance to get out wihtout parole.

    I hold the court, the judges, the prosecutors, and the defense attorny liable for what comes of this. The legislature is to blame even more.

  • noreplytome2 Dec 11, 1:37 p.m.

    Guilt by association is irrelevant. The sentence of LIFE imprisonment it what is relevant here. Life means just that. The justice dept. needs to grow a pair, step up, and NIP this in the BUD!!

  • moonpie Dec 11, 1:33 p.m.

    "Am I understanding that this lady killed a state trooper? If so, who was he. As the wife of a state trooper this makes me more than mad. I am really without words right now"

    If I remember correctly, she did not kill anyone. She helped rob the bank and was in the getaway car when one of the other robbers shot the patrolman.

  • Handle With Care Dec 11, 1:31 p.m.

    I'm not sure that everyone here posting has read the entire story. She was riding in the car, there guilty by association. She did not pull the trigger.She did not intened to ruin her life and for a fellow human to die. This would be the one I would release.

  • jurydoc Dec 11, 1:26 p.m.

    UNC83 -- Just have to correct you about Charles Manson. He was sentenced to death in 1971. His sentence was commuted to life after the 1972 US Supreme Court ruling that determined that the methods used in this country to sentence people to death were so arbitrary and capricious so as to rise to the level of cruel and unusual punishment in their application. Since his sentence was commuted to life (not life without parole which was not an option at the time in CA) he became eligible for parole. That is not to say he will ever actually receive parole, however. That is up to the Parole commission.

  • dont-be-a-hater Dec 11, 1:19 p.m.

    She was convicted 34 years ago....how do you get 80 from that...must have been some good behavior to get that many years marked down.

    LIFE is you are in there until YOUR LIFE ends.....life is life- not 80 years...

  • karpncsu Dec 11, 1:18 p.m.

    She was orginally sentenced to DEATH, she got her "break for good behavior" when it was commuted to life. She chose to take a life, so the rest of her life should be spent behind bars and not in society. I even disagree with the work release program for 1st degree murderers.

  • unc83 Dec 11, 1:17 p.m.

    It is because of this loop hole, the system started sentencing people to LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE!!!! A life sentence use to mean that you were eligible for parole after 20 years. Charles Manson received a life sentence and comes up for parole every year!

  • uropinionmatters Dec 11, 1:14 p.m.

    Am I understanding that this lady killed a state trooper? If so, who was he. As the wife of a state trooper this makes me more than mad. I am really without words right now

    So Why are you SO mad????? Because she killed a human being or because that human being happened be a State Trooper?
    I wonder what all you think abnout a drunk driver who causes an accident and kills someone. Let's say someone like the Dr. who killed the young ballerina. Until the law is written where a murder of ANY citizen is unjust and the punishment should be the same irregardless of stature, race or gender our justice system will be flawed.

  • unc83 Dec 11, 1:14 p.m.

    I wish they wouldn't ever get out, but the truth is the prison system has let other violent offenders go free early because of good behavior. I think we can delay it a while but the CRIMINAL is going to win in the end. IN THIS CASE, THE LAW IS ON THEIR SIDE!!!!!

  • flipper59 Dec 11, 1:11 p.m.

    life, means life

  • Goalieman Dec 11, 1:10 p.m.

    Let's see, if a life sentence is considered to be 80 years then she must have committed this crime in the 1920's. I am guessing she is no way in her 90's, which would have made her 10 when she committed the crime.

    I guess I don't know the law very well but something seems to be wrong with their math here. Besides, she KILLED/MURDERED another human being.

    To me, LIFE means until you are dead!!!

  • gotsomesense Dec 11, 1:08 p.m.

    Whatever the law is - that's what she should be held accountable to and that's what the judges should judge her on. Not whether I want her out, or whether I want her to live beside of me, or whether I would hire her to work in my business. It appears that she has had the same job for 20 years now - how many on the streets can say that? Also, 1st degree murder does not necessarily have to be premeditated - if it happened during the commission of a felony (the robbery) then it could be bumped up to 1st degree without premeditation. Also, she did not shoot the trooper, someone else did. If the law of "guilty by association" applies to her, as in convicted of murder even though she did not do the murdering, then any other laws on the book should apply to her as well - you can't selectively apply the law people! Otherwise we don't need laws, we'll just judge everybody based on emotions case-by-case! What a nightmare!

  • we_all_have_it_coming Dec 11, 1:00 p.m.

    ""She has been on work release since 1989. Most recently, she has worked as a secretary for the past four years at a cosmetology school in Raleigh. She has proven that she is rehabilitated and ready to re-enter society. What else does she need to do? For all you that are screaming she should die in prison, I assume you have never commited any crimes. I'm sure you are all without sin." -- jafarmg2"

    Comments like this make me want to puke.

    You don't give a darn about the person who was murdered... just the last one standing. Why the heck is she enjoying the opportunity to work anyway?

    Geez.... our country is stinking up with idiots that cannot wait to come to the aid of a murderer. We are doomed!!

  • concerncitizen Dec 11, 12:59 p.m.

    ""I didn't tell her absolutely that she was getting out," Royster testified. "I told her a target date of Oct. 29 had been set for possible release."" Mr. Royster, Governor, don't you see how easy it is to lie. An omission of the truth is a lie! If you don't believe me ask your wife! Better yet ask your children, we can still get a pure truth from children? A law enforcement officer states in print, that he didn't tell the truth! What must the people who work with him, or go to church with him think?
    ARE YOUR CHILDREN STILL PROUD OF YOU?
    GOVERNOR, MR. ROYSTER, DON'T YOU SEE TELLING LIES MAKE US WORST THAN THE CRIMINALS! THEY ARE USING THE RULES WE SET UP. AND NOW WE'RE TELLING LIES ABOUT OUR RULES!
    WE REALIZE YOU'RE TRYING TO PROTECT YOUR JOBS, NOT TO PROTECT US FROM THE CRIMINALS! YOU'RE DRAGGING US DOWN WITH YOUR LIES!!!!!

    CAN'T ANY OF YOU SEE THAT?

  • whatusay Dec 11, 12:54 p.m.

    If judges are only following the law, why are so many of their opinions overturned? Many judges are too liberal and interpret the written laws the way they want to.

  • LambeauSouth Dec 11, 12:51 p.m.

    Neither Have I

  • wolfpacker1 Dec 11, 12:47 p.m.

    And yes, I have never committed a crime!

  • wolfpacker1 Dec 11, 12:47 p.m.

    if this lady killed your family member I would assume all of you who said she has served her time, would still say she should be released! BS! GET OVER IT!

  • Deb1003 Dec 11, 12:40 p.m.

    "She has been on work release since 1989. Most recently, she has worked as a secretary for the past four years at a cosmetology school in Raleigh. She has proven that she is rehabilitated and ready to re-enter society. What else does she need to do? For all you that are screaming she should die in prison, I assume you have never commited any crimes. I'm sure you are all without sin." -- jafarmg2

    You're right...I have never committed any crimes . This woman did (murder) and she should serve her sentence...life (80yrs) in prison.

  • ncguy71 Dec 11, 12:29 p.m.

    Anyone who is convicted of murder should be locked up until they die. Period!!

  • jafarmg2 Dec 11, 12:24 p.m.

    She has been on work release since 1989. Most recently, she has worked as a secretary for the past four years at a cosmetology school in Raleigh. She has proven that she is rehabilitated and ready to re-enter society. What else does she need to do? For all you that are screaming she should die in prison, I assume you have never commited any crimes. I'm sure you are all without sin.

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