An Oklahoma woman will be required to serve out the rest of her 30-year prison sentence after her clemency hearing was denied for failing to protect her children from abuse from her ex-boyfriend Robert Braxton, reports BuzzFeed News.
Tondalo Hall plead guilty to “failing to intervene against Braxton’s abuse” in 2004 after taking her 20-month-old son to the hospital and doctors found he had broken ribs and a broken femur. Shortly after, doctors discovered that her 3-month-old daughter had similar injuries.
Braxton admitted breaking the ribs and femur of the 3-month-old girl. He was sentenced to only two years in prison after accepting a plea deal. He was released in 2006.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board denied Hall’s request for a commuted sentence with a 5-0 vote on September 23, 2015.
A petition started by Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, a national advocacy group has garnered over 70,000 signatures in support of Hall and her case. The group attests the sentence is too severe for a woman who was also a victim of abuse.
Hall will remain behind bars until at least 2030, when she becomes eligible for parole.
Is this a case of civil injustice or should Tondalo be required to spend the next 15 years in prison?
(Photo Source: Oklahoma Department of Corrections)