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A spokeswoman for Pamela Smart, a former high school employee serving a life without parole sentence for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband in 1990, says Smart will once again ask New Hampshire's governor and the Executive Council for a hearing.

Gov. Chris Sununu and the council that approves government appointments, contracts and pardons rejected her request last year for a hearing for parole consideration or reduced sentence.

Jack Rodolico / NHPR

New Hampshire's Executive Council has denied Pamela Smart's request for a hearing to reduce her life sentence.

Smart was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in the 1990 murder of her husband, Gregg. Now 51, she submitted a lengthy petition to Gov. Chris Sununu and the Executive Council with the most recent request for commutation and a chance of parole.

Jack Rodolico / NHPR

Pamela Smart is again asking for 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, a scandal that inspired a movie starring Nicole Kidman.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 12, 2019

Apr 12, 2019

The Democratic-led House passes its version of the state spending plan, with funding for the secure psychiatric unit restored.  A bill to repeal the death penalty in the state clears NH Senate with a veto-proof margin. N.H.'s 400 state legislators get paid $100 a year; we examine the conflicts of interest they sometimes encounter in this small state. And another Democrat jumps into the 2020 primary race.


Jack Rodolico / NHPR

It’s been nearly 30 years since Pamela Smart was sentenced to life in prison for being an accomplice in the 1990 murder of her husband, Gregg. Since then, interest in one of New Hampshire’s most notorious murder cases has seemingly never waned, and the four then-teenage boys who confessed to being involved in the murder have been let out of prison.

This week, Smart, now 51, is making another attempt at freedom, using the only legal avenue she has left: Her attorney is petitioning Gov. Chris Sununu and the New Hampshire Executive Council to commute her life sentence and give her the possibility of parole.

AP/Jim Cole

Advocates for Pamela Smart, who's serving a life sentence for plotting with her teenage lover to kill her husband, say they are planning to file a petition seeking a reduced sentence.

Dr. Eleanor Pam, a legal advocate for Smart, tells WMUR-TV the new petition could reach the desk of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu in a few months. Smart's mother is involved in preparing the petition.

AP/Jim Cole

Pamela Smart's mother has filed a complaint with the state Judicial Conduct Committee regarding a New Hampshire judge's recent release of the gun used to kill Gregg Smart in 1990. 

AP/Jim Cole

 A New Hampshire judge has ruled that the gun used to kill Pamela Smart's husband, Gregg, in 1990 will be returned to its owner.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Rockingham Superior Court Judge Andrew Schulman ruled this month that Vance Lattime Sr. is entitled to have his Charter Arms .38-caliber revolver returned.

Prosecutors say the gun was stolen by Vance "J.R." Lattime Jr. so Winnacunnet High School classmate Billy Flynn could murder Gregg Smart in the couple's Derry home.

AP/Jim Cole

The gun used to kill Pamela Smart’s husband 25 years ago will remain in the state’s hands, after a judge denied a request to release the murder weapon.

The Union Leader reports the owner of the firearm, Vance Lattime Sr., had requested the gun be returned to him.

His son, Vance Lattime Jr., was paroled in 2005 after serving 15 years for his role as an accomplice in the 1990 murder of Gregory Smart.


The triggerman in the Pamela Smart murder case has been released from prison.

William Flynn is free after serving nearly 25 years for shooting Gregg Smart in Derry, New Hampshire.

Scott Fish, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Corrections, confirmed Thursday morning that Flynn was released.

Flynn was 16 and known as "Billy" in 1990 when he and three friends participated in what prosecutors said was Pamela Smart's plot to kill her husband. Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and served his sentence in Maine.


A second New Hampshire man who helped kill Pamela Smart's husband in a case that inspired sensational media coverage is up for parole.

Patrick Randall held a knife to Gregory Smart's throat in May 1990 as Billy Flynn, who was Pamela Smart's teenage lover, shot him in the head.

Flynn was paroled last month; Smart is serving life without parole after being convicted of plotting the murder.

Smart was a media coordinator at the high school both teens attended. Randall and Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and were sentenced to 28 years to life.

Teen Killer Of Pamela Smart's Husband Granted Parole

Mar 12, 2015
Jim Cole / AP

The killer of Pamela Smart’s husband will be a free man this spring.

William Flynn, who turned 41 today,  was unanimously granted parole Thursday after the New Hampshire Parole Board cited his decade of good behavior – adding that he was an “exemplary” inmate throughout his 25 years in prison.

At sixteen Flynn pleaded guilty to conspiring with his former teacher and lover Pamela Smart to shoot and kill her husband, Greg Smart, in Derry in 1990. Smart is currently serving a life sentence.


The man who gunned down the husband of his New Hampshire high school instructor and lover, Pamela Smart, 25 years ago is making his first bid for parole.

Billy Flynn's first bid for parole is Thursday, his 41st birthday.

Flynn has expressed remorse and apologized for his crime ever since he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified that killing Gregg Smart was Pamela Smart's idea.

The 1991 trial became an instant sensation.

  A man who was 16 when his adult lover recruited him and his friends to kill her husband in New Hampshire is scheduled for a parole hearing in March.

William ``Billy'' Flynn was transferred last year to a facility in Warren, Maine, as part of a work-release program.

Flynn testified against Pamela Smart, saying she wanted her husband dead so she wouldn't lose her condo, furniture and dog in a divorce.

Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Gregg Smart in May 1990 and was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.