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Appeal denied, exhausting last option for Pamela Smart to reduce her murder sentence

The council hearing Smart's request voted 4-0 against her.
Credit: AP Photo/Jim Cole
In this 1991 file photo, Pamela Smart testifies in Rockingham County Superior Court in Exeter, N.H. during the trial in which she was ultimately convicted of conspiring with her 15-year-old lover to kill her husband.

CONCORD, N.H. — Pamela Smart has again been denied a chance at freedom nearly three decades after she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband in New Hampshire.

Smart was 22 and working as a high school media coordinator when she was accused of plotting with student William Flynn to murder her husband in 1990. She's now 51. The story inspired the 1995 Nicole Kidman movie "To Die For."

Smart had sought a sentence reduction hearing before a state council. The council, which declined a similar request 14 years ago, voted 4-0 Wednesday to deny a hearing. One member abstained.

Her appeal options are now exhausted.

Smart denied knowledge of the plot. Flynn and three other youths cooperated with prosecutors and have since been released from prison.