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Arizona - America’s longest-serving woman prisoner has walked free after 49 years behind bars.
When Betty Smithey, then 20, began her life sentence for smothering a 15-month-old while baby-sitting, the moon landing was still six years away.
Now 69, walking with the aid of a cane, she left Perryville prison in Phoenix, Arizona, having been granted a discharge this week after the parole board “saw no value” in jailing her any longer.
On facing a world changed beyond recognition, she said: “It’s going to be a big adjustment, but I’ll make good.”
In 1983 she received a letter of forgiveness from the family of her victim.
Earlier this year Arizona’s governor reduced her sentence to 49 years, making her finally eligible for parole. - Daily Mail