Smithey became America’s longest serving female inmate, as she was released on monday from Arizona State Prison Complex after spending 49 years behind bars for the murder of a 15-month-old child.
With a history of metal illness, Smithey strangled toddler Sandy Gerberick while babysitting on New Year’s Day.
Her initial sentence was life without parole, Through appeals acting-governor Jan Brewer lowered her sentence to 48-years to life.
Andy Silverman, Smithey’s attorney, says his client is “absolutely not a threat to society” and has battled breast cancer and a “myriad of other health issues.”
“She’s almost 70 years old now,” Silverman said, according to ABC News. “She’s done a lot of reflection. Forty-nine years in prison, you think a lot about what you’ve been through.”