In a handwritten letter last week, William Flynn says he vowed not to seek a sentence reduction until he had spent as many years behind bars as he had spent free. Flynn was 16 when he shot and killed Gregory Smart at the urging of Pamela Smart in 1990. He is now 33 and married with a stepdaughter.
He was pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced in 1992 to a 40-year-prison sentence with 12 years suspended.
Accompanying Flynn's letter are various statements of support from supervisors at the Maine State Prison where Flynn is incarcerated.
According to the documents, Flynn earned his GED, has been active in charity work, and earns money as an electrician's assistant at the prison, where works on alarm systems and closed-circuit cameras.
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