A 26-year-old Oklahoma woman who was sentenced to a 12-year prison sentence was released early, KFOR-TV reports.
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In 2010, Patricia Spottedcrow sold $31 worth of pot to an undercover informant. She was charged with a felony and sentenced to 12 years in prison. It was her first felony conviction. Spottedcrow’s conviction evoked outrage from civil rights activists and other concerned citizens from around the world.
Oklahoma is known for having some of the harshest sentencing guidelines in the United States. The protests were apparently affective.
A judge in Kingfisher County cut Spottedcrow’s sentence from 12 years to eight years in 2011. The Oklahoma State Pardon and Parole board paroled her six-months ago. Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla) agreed to sign off on the parole on the condition that she spend 120 days at a community corrections facility. Her mother, Dee Starr, was charged in connection with the same drug deal that locked her daughter up. Starr is serving probation on her 30 year sentence. “We’ve got a new road to travel and we’re gonna travel it together,” Starr said.
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Spottedcrow left Hillside Correctional Center in Oklahoma City and drove straight home to Kingfisher to be re-united with her four young children.