William Flynn, 41, the triggerman in the Pamela Smart murder trial, was grantedparole Thursday, nearly 25 years after he killed his school instructor’s husband and launcheda global spectacle packed with lurid details of sex and manipulation. Flynn was 16 year old Billyin 1990 when he and three teenage friends carried out Pamela Smart’s plot to murder herhusband, Gregg Smart. Flynn pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 28 years tolife in prison, minus time served before trial.

Pamela Smart, who was 22 when her husband was killed, was convicted of being anaccomplice to first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. Sheadmitted seducing the boy but said she didn’t plan her husband’s murder. According totrial testimony, Smart was one of Flynn’s instructors in a self-awareness program atWinnacunnet High School in Hampton when she first seduced him when he was 15. She told him sheneeded her husband killed because she feared she would lose everything if they divorced. Flynntestified in Smart’s 1991 trial that she threatened to break up with him if he didn’tkill her husband. On May 1, 1990, he and 17 year old Patrick Randall entered the Smarts’Derry condominium and forced Gregory Smart to his knees in the foyer. As Randall held a knife tothe man’s throat, Flynn fired a hollow-point bullet into his head.

(Concord, New Hampshire)


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