A Connecticut woman who has been in prison for 27 years for the death of an expectant mother in Hartford was granted clemency Wednesday after an extraordinary hearing before the state Board of Pardons and Paroles, despite emotional pleas to reject the leniency by the victim's relatives, reports the Associated Press. Members of the board voted 3-0 to approve early release for Bonnie Jean Foreshaw, effective Nov. 15, after questioning Foreshaw about the crime and her rehabilitation.
Foreshaw, 66, had been scheduled for release in August 2017. It was only the second clemency hearing in Connecticut in the past decade. Foreshaw was sentenced to 45 years in prison on a premeditated murder conviction in the shooting death of Joyce Amos in 1986. Foreshaw's supporters, including author Wally Lamb, sought her release for years.