Former Death Row Inmate Released from Jail

Former Death Row Inmate Released from Jail
Created by kblakeslee on 6/17/2013 12:58:34 PM


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ An Indiana woman who was sentenced to death at age 16 in the stabbing death of a 78-year-old Bible school teacher has been released from prison.
 
  A Department of Correction spokesman says Paula Cooper was released Monday from a prison in western Indiana.
 
  Doug Garrison says Cooper left the prison in a state vehicle with $75 and wearing donated clothes. Garrison declined to say where the now-43-year-old woman was taken.
 
  Cooper was sentenced to death after stabbing Ruth Pelke 33 times during a 1985 robbery in Gary.
 
  The state Supreme Court intervened to set her death sentence aside in 1988, ordering her to serve a 60-year prison term. The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled it unconstitutional to execute anyone under age 18 or to sentence them to life without parole.

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