I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

Missing Posts: If you have a link to a post that's not here or are looking for posts from Summer of 2010, check this page.

BlogRoll

Margo Freshwater enters Alford plea

Margo Freshwater (who I wrote about in May, hoping to post more that I never got around to writing) has pled guilty, an Alford plea, and may soon be out of jail:

A woman who was a fugitive for 32 years and facing retrial for murder in Memphis has pleaded guilty, and her attorney expects she will be released soon.

Lawyer Stephen Ross said Margo Freshwater entered a “best interest” guilty plea Friday in the 1966 shooting death of a liquor store clerk. Ross says he expects Freshwater to be out of prison within days.

Freshwater, who was 18 and having an affair with a much older lawyer at the time of the crime, was convicted of first-degree murder in 1969 and sentenced to 99 years. One year later, she escaped from Tennessee Prison for Women.

The Commercial Appeal has a few more details, along with the picture of Freshwater, above, just before entering the plea:

Freshwater, 63, who spent 32 years on the lam after her prison escape in 1970, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

She has credit for almost 12 years served behind bars and how much more she must serve will be up to state prison and parole officials.

 

Comments are closed.