A girl at age 16 was sentenced to death: FREE!

Paula Cooper Free: Indiana Woman Sentenced To Die At 16 Is Released

Posted: 06/17/2013 12:30 pm EDT | Updated: 06/17/2013 1:48 pm EDT

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The prison, about 60 miles west of Indianapolis, gave the now-43-year-old woman $75 to help her make a fresh start.

 

CHARLES WILSON, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — A woman who was sentenced to death at age 16 after she confessed to her part in the torture and murder of a 78-year-old bible studies teacher has been released from an Indiana prison after spending a quarter century behind bars.

Paula Cooper, whose death sentence in 1986 enraged human rights activists and drew a plea for clemency from Pope John Paul II, left the state prison quietly in a state vehicle and wearing donated clothing, Department of Correction spokesman Doug Garrison said.

The prison, about 60 miles west of Indianapolis, gave the now-43-year-old woman $75 to help her make a fresh start.

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