A Manhattan judge has ordered the release of a woman who’s been locked up for over 26 years for killing her abusive husband after the state’s parole board said she should stay in jail.
Laurie Kellogg– whose teenage lover pulled the trigger as Bruce Kellogg slept on the couch of the couple’s Seneca County lake cabin in 1991– has been a “model inmate” in prison, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron writes the ruling.
“She has ‘paid her debt to society’ and now just wants freedom,” Judge Engoron says, adding that the now 52-year-old woman should be let out of Taconic Correctional Facility within 30 days.
The judge also takes the parole board to task for its “subjective views over her lack of remorse.” “Maybe she is not one to ululate or ‘beat her breasts,'” he says.
At her parole hearing last year Kellogg said, “I wish I could turn back the hands of time and make different decisions.”