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For the past 49 years, Betty Smithey has woken up in a prison cell, the nation's longest serving female inmate. But today she is waking up a free woman.

Smithey, now 69, was granted parole by the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency on Monday. She was released from the Arizona State Prison Complex in Perryville, walking with a cane.

"It's wonderful driving down the road and not seeing any barbed wire," Smithey told the Arizona Republic. "I am lucky, so very lucky."

Smithey served 49 years of a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of a child in 1963.

At age 20, Smithey was convicted in the 1963 New Year's Day murder of Sandy Gerberick, a 15-month-old girl she had been babysitting.

Smithey was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. According to Arizona law at the time she was sentenced, only the governor could grant her clemency.

She tried, appealing to then-governors Fyfe Symington and Janet Napolitano, but was denied until Jan Brewer, the current governor, agreed to lower her sentence to 48 years to life.

Smithey will live with her niece in Mesa, Ariz.

Smithey has battled breast cancer and "a myriad of other health issues," said her attorney, Andy Silverman

"She's absolutely not a threat to society. She's almost 70 years old now," Silverman said. "She's done a lot of reflection. Forty-nine years in prison, you think a lot about what you've been through."

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I know she killed a child. But they made the right decision.

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wrong. life is life and a child she killed is still dead so she should still be in prison.

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I'm not fond of baby killers either. If it had been another adult fighting, maybe, but, not for the death of an innocent.

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They let her go so they don't have to pay her medical bills

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They let her go so they don't have to pay her medical bills

You may be right! Prisoners get free dental, medical, haircuts and tattoos.

Pisses me off when I see them redo an entire meth mouth! I have to pay big bucks for my own dental!

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You may be right! Prisoners get free dental, medical, haircuts and tattoos.

Pisses me off when I see them redo an entire meth mouth! I have to pay big bucks for my own dental!
Where my BF was locked up he had to pay for his medical/dental. they used barbaric methods to pull one of his wisdom teeth. bitch sat on his chest and used a hook thing to rip it out, he said it hurt so bad, they wanted him to come get the other ones out but he told them fuck you.

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watch she drops dead now.

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A relative of the murdered child will beat her to death with her cane.

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You may be right! Prisoners get free dental, medical, haircuts and tattoos.

Pisses me off when I see them redo an entire meth mouth! I have to pay big bucks for my own dental!
its a five dollar co pay in fl not free lol. and most hair cuts arent free......... they can get free ones but most arent "free". and tattoos arent free either ive seen some pay 300-400 for a good one.

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