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Thomia Hunter Granted Clemency After Serving Life Sentence For Killing Abusive Ex-Partner

Hunter will be released in July 2019. 

Thomia Hunter, a woman who was sentenced to life in prison for killing her abusive ex-boyfriend in 2005, has reportedly been granted clemency by Ohio Governor John Kasich. Hunter will be released in June 2019, according to Cleveland.com

Hunter’s lawyer, Tiffany Smith, Hunter received the news on Wednesday (Jan. 9) via a letter from Kasich’s office.

Hunter was originally sentenced to life in prison in 2005 for murdering her ex-boyfriend after enduring abuse from him for years. The Ohio Parole board recently discovered new information confirming that Hunter's ex had viciously attacked her on that fatal night, which led them to believe she had been suffering from battered woman syndrome at the time of the murder. That information had reportedly not been revealed during her trial.

Hunter's release is contingent on her completion of a reintegration program provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

While she is grateful to the governor for the commuted sentence, Hunter and Smith hope that her case can shine a light on victims of domestic violence and abuse and how that can lead to violent offenses.

Hunter's clemency comes only days after Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency after being convicted for killing the man that forced her into sex work.

Hunter will be released on Monday, July 15.

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