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Abused women leave prison after serving decades in husbands’ killings

Two women who each have served more than 30 years in prison after convictions in their husbands’ deaths walked out of Missouri prisons today.

The Missouri Battered Women’s Clemency Coalition has worked for years to get 11 women released. The coalition focuses on cases of women who suffered years of physical and sexual abuse and then were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms in the deaths of their abusers.

Today, Vicky Williams left a Chillicothe state prison a free woman, as did Roberta Borden, who was released in Vandalia. Both won parole from the state Board of Probation and Parole in September. A state law provides that battered women convicted of murder and sentenced to lengthy prison terms can be released on parole after serving 15 years.

The final woman among the cases the coalition took up also was has won parole from the state board, and she is due to be released in 2013.

Amy Lorenz-Moser, lead counsel for Borden and Williams, was there as Borden was released this morning in Vandalia.

Lorenz-Moser is a member of the clemency coalition and a partner with Armstrong Teasdale in St. Louis.

“It’s an amazing day for them, for all the women in our project, all those who worked on the project with us,” she said. “It’s good to see hard work pay off sometimes.”

– The Associated Press contributed to this post.