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The triggerman in the Pamela Smart murder trial was granted parole Thursday, nearly 25 years after he killed his school instructor’s husband and launched a global spectacle packed with lurid details of manipulation.
William Flynn was 16-year-old “Billy” in 1990 when he and three teenage friends carried out what prosecutors said was Pamela Smart’s plot to murder Gregg Smart. Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison, minus time served before trial.
The trial was a media circus and one of the first high-profile cases about a sexual affair between an instructor and student. It inspired the Joyce Maynard novel “To Die For,” which in turn was made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman.
“It’s your birthday,” said Donna Sytek, chairwoman of the three-person state board. “We’re granting you the privilege of parole.”
The board granted Flynn parole on his first attempt Thursday, his 41st birthday. He has been in a Maine prison and participated in the hearing by telephone, telling the board that he’d always be haunted by the killing.
“I will always feel terrible about what happened 25 years ago,” he said. “Parole will not change that.”