Oct 10, 2013
04:21 AMThe Connecticut Story
Bonnie Foreshaw Granted Clemency After Serving 27 Years for Killing Expectant Mother
Bonnie Jean Foreshaw, center, smiles as she is led in for a clemency hearing at the J.B. Gates Correctional Institution, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in East Lyme, Conn. The 66-year-old Foreshaw is serving a 45-year prison sentence for premeditated murder for the killing of a pregnant woman, Joyce
EAST LYME--A woman who has been in prison for 27 years for the death of an expectant mother in Hartford was granted clemency Wednesday after an extraordinary hearing before the state Board of Pardons and Paroles, despite emotional pleas to reject the leniency by the victim’s relatives, according to an Associated Press story published by the New Haven Register.
Members of the board voted 3-0 at Gates Correctional Institution in East Lyme to approve early release for Bonnie Jean Foreshaw, effective Nov. 15, after questioning Foreshaw about the crime and her rehabilitation, the story says, going on to add:
The 66-year-old Foreshaw had been scheduled to be released from prison in August 2017. It was only the second clemency hearing in Connecticut in the past decade.
Foreshaw was sentenced to 45 years in prison on a premeditated murder conviction in the shooting death of Joyce Amos in 1986. Foreshaw’s supporters, including author Wally Lamb, sought her release for years, arguing she should have been convicted of a lesser manslaughter charge and freed years ago because they say she shot Amos by accident while defending herself against a man who was threatening her.