Neelley no longer eligibile for parole

By: MONTGOMERY, ALA. (AP)
By: MONTGOMERY, ALA. (AP)

A Tennessee woman once sentenced to die for the murder of a 13-year-old Georgia girl will no longer be listed by the Alabama prison system as eligible for parole, as she was a after her sentence was commuted 10 years ago.

The Alabama Department of Corrections had listed Judith Ann Neelley as being up for parole in 2014 until the Montgomery Advertiser recently pointed out that the Alabama Legislature passed a law in 2003 designed to make her ineligible for parole.

Steve Sirmon, a state parole board attorney, said the Department of Corrections will change her record to show she's ineligible for parole.

Neelley and her husband, Alvin, were accused of abducting Lisa Ann Millican from a mall in Rome, Ga., sexually assaulting and killing her. Then-Gov. Fob James commuted her sentence to life as his term ended in 1999.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by April Location: USA on Feb 1, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    It is EXTREMELY easy to fully believe and hate everything reported about a convicted murderer. My mother, Judith Ann Neelley, has not denied her crimes. She is full of regret for killing Lisa and Janice. If her death could bring them back, I assure you she would have smiled on the way to the chair. Do not think I am an uniformed child that unconditionally loves my parents and thus blindly backing a monster. I will gladly tell you all the facts I know about my parents. However, as there are letter limits to this comment I will leave you with 2 legal facts: Grandfather Clause "A provision in a new law that limits its application to people who are new to the system; people already in the system are exempt from the new regulation." ex post facto- Generally speaking, ex post facto penal laws are seen as a violation of the rule of law as it applies in a free and democratic society. Most common law jurisdictions do not permit retroactive criminal legislation
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