COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Board of Parole has denied a convicted murderer's request to be released because she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Jennifer Reali was convicted of killing her lover's wife in Colorado Springs in 1990. She is now in a Lakewood halfway house.
According to KRDO-TV (http://tinyurl.com/ppsfz8f ), the board took less than 30 minutes to unanimously deny Reali's request.
Reali was denied release during a regular parole hearing in October. She then asked the Colorado Board of Parole for a special needs hearing. The board could have granted her early release on the basis of her cancer diagnosis.
The decision means that Reali will continue to be held at the halfway house where she has lived since Gov. Bill Ritter commuted her sentence of life in prison.
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Reali was convicted of killing Dianne Hood -- the mother of three -- outside Hood's lupus support meeting in 1990. It was supposed to look like a robbery gone bad, according to prosecutors.
Testimony at her trial revealed she was involved in an ongoing affair with Hood's husband, Brian. Reali, who was married at the time with two children, was arrested two days after Hood's murder. Police were tipped off by Dianne Hood's employer who saw Reali and Brian Hood kissing in a car parked behind Diane Hood's place of employment the day after Diane had been gunned down.
Reali testified at her trial that she and Brian first had sex on top a washing machine. She also claimed that Brian Hood cited Bible verses to convince her it was "God's plan" that she kill his wife. Brian Hood was convicted of second-degree murder and conspiracy and is serving a 37-year prison sentence.