Homicide

25 years later, gunman in Pamela Smart murder case faces New Hampshire parole board hearing

  • Dean Smart, far left, speaks Thursday, March 12, 2015, during a parole hearing at the state prison in Concord, N.H. for William “Billy” Flynn, who shot and killed his brother nearly 25 years ago. Flynn was 16 in 1990 when he and three friends carried out what prosecutors said was Pamela Smart's plot to murder her husband, Gregg Smart. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Dean Smart, far left, speaks Thursday, March 12, 2015, during a parole hearing at the state prison in Concord, N.H. for William “Billy” Flynn, who shot and killed his brother nearly 25 years ago. Flynn was 16 in 1990 when he and three friends carried out what prosecutors said was Pamela Smart's plot to murder her husband, Gregg Smart. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dean Smart, far left, speaks Thursday March 12, 2015, during a parole hearing at the state prison in Concord, N.H. for William “Billy” Flynn who shot and killed his brother nearly 25 years ago.  Flynn was 16 in 1990 when he and three friends carried out what prosecutors said was Pamela Smart's plot to murder her husband Gregg Smart. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Dean Smart, far left, speaks Thursday March 12, 2015, during a parole hearing at the state prison in Concord, N.H. for William “Billy” Flynn who shot and killed his brother nearly 25 years ago. Flynn was 16 in 1990 when he and three friends carried out what prosecutors said was Pamela Smart's plot to murder her husband Gregg Smart. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)  (The Associated Press)

  • State parole board chairwoman Donna Sytek, center, confers Thursday, March 12, 2015, with board members Jeff Brown, left, and Leslie Mendenhall before granting parole to William “Billy” Flynn.  Flynn was 16 in 1990 when he and three friends carried out what prosecutors said was Pamela Smart's plot to murder her husband, Gregg Smart.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    State parole board chairwoman Donna Sytek, center, confers Thursday, March 12, 2015, with board members Jeff Brown, left, and Leslie Mendenhall before granting parole to William “Billy” Flynn. Flynn was 16 in 1990 when he and three friends carried out what prosecutors said was Pamela Smart's plot to murder her husband, Gregg Smart.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)  (The Associated Press)

The New Hampshire man who 25 years ago murdered the husband of his instructor and lover, Pamela Smart, is getting his first chance at parole.

William "Billy" Flynn was 16 in 1990 when he and three 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.

A three-person state board on Thursday will decide whether to release Flynn. He turns 41 that day.

Pamela Smart, who was 22 when her husband was killed, was convicted of being an accomplice to first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole. During the sensational trial, she admitted seducing Flynn but said she didn't plan the murder.