A woman who spent the past 27 years behind bars for killing a pregnant woman in 1986 was released four years early after state officials granted her clemency.
Bonnie Jean Foreshaw, 66, was sentenced to 45 years in jail for the premeditated murder of Joyce Amos. Foreshaw said she shot Amos by accident while defending herself against a man who threatened her outside a Hartford social club.
"I regret that Ms. Amos is not here and I ask for her family to forgive me," Foreshaw said.
The Parole Board said they believe that in the years since then, Foreshaw has rehabilitated herself in prison and isn't a danger to the community. Speaking up on her behalf was author Wally Lamb, who was Foreshaw's writing teacher at York Correctional Facility in Niantic.
Foreshaw had been turned down by the board before for clemency, but recently a memo from the 1987 trial resurfaced, written by a public defender who told his supervisor he didn't think Foreshaw was represented fairly.
"It still seems surreal," Foreshaw said as she arrived home.
As family, friends and her legal team each waited for congratulatory hugs and kisses, Foreshaw couldn't help but say "thank you".
"I'm just thankful that this day has finally arrived and I'd like to thank all of my family and friends and supporters for hanging in there with me," said Foreshaw.
Foreshaw is set to live with her granddaughter in Manchester. Her family said it's been a long journey and said she's planning on volunteering to help others.
Foreshaw also said she wants to get to know her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Some of them she got to meet for the first time on Friday.
"I just want to show my compassion and see they have been doing and I just want to be home," Foreshaw said.
Foreshaw said she is even thinking about going to Disney World.
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