The story of Stacey Lannert, a woman who killed her sexually abusive father, has got me thinking about whether women should get a break for killing men who have abused them.
Stacey Lannert killed her father 18 years ago when she was only 18 years old. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole, after prosecutors alleged that she murdered her father because she wanted his money. Lannert's attorneys argued that her father sexually abused her, beginning when she was 8 years old, but the jury could not take this into account.
Earlier this year, then Missouri governor Matt Blunt commuted Stacey's sentence to 20 years, before leaving office, and she has since been released. The governor said he commuted the sentence because Stacey suffered extensive abuse before she killed the man who raped her and subjected her to other horrible physical and emotional abuses.
Do you think sexual abuse on account of a murder victim should be a reason for reducing a murder's sentence?
To see Stacey speak about her plans, read more.