JEFFERSON CITY — Shirley Lute on Friday took the last step on a winding legal road as she was released from a state prison in northern Missouri more than 25 years after she was convicted of helping kill the man she said had been abusing her. Lute, 76, was initially sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 50 years. She was convicted of aiding her son in killing her husband, Melvin, who she said physically tortured and mentally tormented her.
Woman who served time for murder gets released
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