JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Governor Matt Blunt has commuted the prison sentences of two women who killed the men who had abused them.
One of those women is Stacey Lannert, who has been in custody for 18 years after killing her father in 1990 when she was 18.
Blunt's office says Lannert was sexually abused by her father for about nine years, from the time she was 8 until his death.
While the abuse issue was raised during her trial, the jury was told not to consider that as a mitigating factor. She was convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action and sentenced to life without parole.
Charity Sue Carey was convicted of second-degree murder for killing her husband in 2000 when she was 27 and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Blunt says Carey and her son suffered extreme emotional andphysical abuse at the hands of her husband.
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