William Flynn Seeks Sentence Reduction

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Pamela Smart is serving life in prison for getting teen lover to kill her husband in 1990.

WARREN, Maine—William Flynn has a wife and teenage stepdaughter, is a member of the Jaycees and likes to play softball. He sounds like a good suburban neighbor.

But Flynn’s home is a cell at the Maine State Prison, where he’s serving a 28-year-to-life sentence in the notorious Pamela Smart murder case. Flynn was 16 and having an affair with Smart when he shot and killed her husband in New Hampshire in 1990.

Now, in asking a New Hampshire judge to suspend the remainder of his sentence, Flynn depicts himself as a do-gooder who is active in community and charitable causes.

His court file contains more than three dozen letters of support from prison employees, friends and others who know him. Another nine letters come from people who say they would hire Flynn once he is released.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday in Rockingham Superior Court in Brentwood, N.H.

In the motion, Flynn asks for a sentence reduction because, at age 33, he has now spent more than half his life in prison.

“He has used those years to develop from a boy into a man of great character, fully rehabilitated and ready to contribute to society upon his release from incarceration,” says his lawyer, Cathy Green of Manchester, N.H.

That’s quite a contrast from the angry and withdrawn teenager who, as a high school sophomore, shot Gregory Smart in the back of the head as Smart begged for mercy from his knees. The murder scheme was concocted by Smart’s wife, Pamela Smart, who is serving a life sentence in a New York prison for her role.

Gregory Smart’s family opposes any sentence reduction, and the state objects to Flynn’s request, as well. Reducing his sentence would undermine the sentencing goals of punishment, rehabilitation and deterrence, said Assistant Attorney General Kirsten Wilson.

“As he has yet to serve the minimum of his sentence, he has not been appropriately punished for his crime,” she wrote.

Eighteen years ago, Flynn and his high school buddies were smitten with Pamela Smart, a blond 23-year-old who worked at their high school in Hampton, N.H.

The former disc jockey who’d been photographed with rock stars and had a license plate that read “Van Halen” met Flynn in a self-esteem class she helped teach. They became lovers, he testified, and she enlisted him to kill her husband of less than a year.

On May 1, 1990, Flynn and a friend entered the Smarts’ condominium and grabbed Gregory Smart. The friend held a knife to Smart’s throat, and Flynn — after asking God for forgiveness — fired a .38-caliber revolver. Two other teenage friends were in a getaway car.

The other three teens were convicted of murder conspiracy or accomplice charges. In exchange for testifying against Pamela Smart, Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.

It’ll be more than 10 years before he’s eligible for parole.
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According to court documents, Flynn has transformed himself into a thoughtful and caring adult intent on helping others while at the Maine State Prison. In his petition, Flynn writes in a 6-page handwritten letter that the guilt and shame he feels is like wearing a “huge weight strapped permanently across your shoulders.”

Flynn says he’s not worthy of the Smart family’s forgiveness, but wants them to know how truly sorry he is, “though the word sorry fails to express the depth of what I feel.”

He has no plans to write a book, or otherwise cash in on his notoriety.

“I do not want to be remembered for this,” he says. “I would like to be remembered as a good husband, a good father and a productive member of my community…I don’t need to be wealthy and I would never want to be famous.”

Flynn did not respond to requests to be interviewed for this story, and has told prison officials he wants to keep a low profile.

Flynn’s sentence-reduction petition includes a thick 3-ring notebook full of testimonials and letters of support, and certificates of achievement and completion for various courses and activities he has participated in.

Since entering prison, Flynn has earned a GED, taken college computer courses and earned an electrician’s helper license. He is so trusted in prison that he has been given work on prison security and camera systems, the file shows.

Flynn is a member of the prison Jaycees, the NAACP and the Kairos Christian organization. He is director of the Long Timers Group and chairman of the Peer Education Group. He plays guitar, soccer and softball, and has helped raise money for the Toys for Tots program and Salvation Army. A couple of years ago he helped build a children’s playhouse for a family that had moved to Maine after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Flynn has also gotten married, to a woman six years his senior who was coming out of a divorce when they met at the prison.

In a letter to the court, Kelly Flynn says she owns a house where she lives with her teenage daughter. She formerly worked as the executive assistant to the superintendent of schools in Wiscasset.

Flynn says that her husband has turned himself around in prison through self-examination and hard work.

“Bill has become a man who is worthy of respect, despite his past record,” writes Flynn, who also declined to be interviewed.

While Flynn’s activities would make him a model citizen on the outside, he lives in a prison with more than 900 other inmates.

As inmate No. 1552, he sleeps in a small cell with a stainless steel toilet and wears prison-issued denim. The field he plays softball and soccer on in warmer weather is surrounded by a tall fence topped with razor wire. These days, it’s covered with snow.

He and his wife exchanged marriage vows in the prison visitor’s room, an open room where inmates and friends and family can gather around tables.

While supporters portray Flynn as a sympathetic character, he’ll have his work cut out to persuade Justice Kenneth McHugh that his sentence should be reduced.

For starters, it could be argued that Flynn’s sentence was reduced at the time of sentencing through a plea bargain, said Charles Putnam, co-director of the Justiceworks research institute at University of New Hampshire and a former homicide prosecutor.

Back then, Flynn was allowed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and had the minimum sentence cut from 40 to 28 years because of his youth, the role of Pamela Smart in the crime, his broken home life and his lack of a criminal record.

When judges consider motions for sentence reductions, they often look to see if there was something wrong with the initial sentence, Putnam said. And in the Flynn case, it will be hard to overlook the image of Flynn pulling the trigger.

“From my perspective, holding another human being who is begging to be spared, and pulling the trigger on that human being and voluntarily and purposely ending the life of that human being is a momentous act,” he said.

Furthermore, Flynn’s record in prison isn’t perfect. Flynn has six behavioral infractions for altering state property, being out of place and having too many personal items in his cell, according to Wilson, the assistant attorney general.

“The state submits that the defendant’s conduct while in prison demonstrates that his rehabilitation is not, in fact, as complete as he asserts,” Wilson says.

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45 Responses to William Flynn Seeks Sentence Reduction

  1. u need to do all your time cry babby!!!! your wife looks like pame mmmmmmmmm only diff is pame much much more hot

  2. when thoughts invade , choices are made and a price must be paid….so be it

  3. billy was just a teen at the time and you need to think at how low his self esteem was pam had convinced him of lies.BILLY THOUGHT HE WAS SAVING HER IN MANY WAYS.I think its wrong what he did but i also know that pam is the true murderer.If it wasnt for billy meeting her he never would have commited such a crime.I think billy deserves a second chance at life someday. But pam NEVER… Pam has never told the truth that she was involved with her husbands murder to this day she denies it.Billy at least has confessed to the shooting.Its sad for the family but they know the truth and they are happy to know that pam will stay in prison…

  4. All this is really crazy when you consider the recent outcome in the Casey Anthony trial- It’s ridiculous and very sad that so much luck is involved in such important decisions such as with this trial. It does seem Pam is paying a very heavy price considering she wasn’t even at the scene of the crime. Yes, she did have an obvious influence, but the sentencing seems out of wack, especially considering Flynn is getting out soon and he is guilty of murder.

  5. I look at Flynn so young on the stand and all I see is my son who is close to 16. SO YOUNG! My heart broke for him when I watched the coverage many years ago and I still truly feel for him. I lost my brother in 97 in a freak accident and just the loss of his presence in the world was devastating. A g/f of mine had been murdered by her b/f at the tender age of 22 and watching the family suffer was truly more than i could bare….I felt more for them than for my own loss. Murder is far too profound a crime. I am sorry for the choices Billy made and will rejoice in his new found life when he leaves prison ….but just out of pure respect for the Smart family…he should just do his time.

  6. If he killed your mum, dad or someone else you love with all your heart. Then you bitches wouldnt be whining about letting him out. A person who is 16 years old KNOWS what the fuck they are doing. Ofcourse were stupid at 16, BUT if we got enough balls and stupidity to take an innocent man�s life (WHILE HE BEGS FOR MERCY). Than we need to get ass raped. Flynn die motherfucker die. If we release this ass hole than others like him will think murder is a freakin joke. Fuck all you

    • I agree 1000% with you. Those assholes knew what they we’re doing. Gregg Smart is dead and was murdered. Life for a life is only fair. Let them stay in prison just like that cunt. The Smart family has suffered over 20 years, and they will suffer for the rest of their lives. Dean Smart is standing for his parents. Let him have his peace and keep them in prison and never be free

  7. I was watching oprah the other day and i believe pamela smart was caught up in a bad situation. billy flynn is the killer here. i think he told the police what they wanted to hear so he could get off freely with this crime. it is totally wrong and unfair that he can have a life. he is a mongrel.

  8. Who cares if any of you know this joker, or were in prison with him. Did a loved one of yours get murdered?
    You wouldn’t have so much compassion if it had happened to your loved one.
    As I said before, they should all be pushing up daisies.

  9. Are you kidding me?
    He killed an innocent man and then laughed about it with his buddies in crime afterwards. What a joke. These heathens can take a life but do nothing but whine when they have to serve their time. They should have all got the death penality, just what they gave poor Greg Smart.

  10. I so remember this case like it was yesterday. Awful situation for all, except for Pam Smart of course. I believe Billy was caught up in the moment of hormones. Should never lead to murder, he should serve out the time he was given. At Least there is a light at the end of his tunnel.

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