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Spottedcrow Paroled Early In 12-Year Marijuana Sentence

Posted on  November 30, 2012 by  News Admin

 Harsh Sentence Was For $31 Worth Of Weed Patricia Spottedcrow held her four children -- ages 11, 6, 5 and 3 -- in her arms Thursday afternoon, as a free woman. The youngest was just one year old when Spottedcrow began a 12-year prison sentence two years ago after being convicted of selling $31 worth of marijuana. The children could have been teenagers by the time their mother got out of prison, if Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin hadn't approved Spottedcrow's parole, and if the Pardon and Parole Board hadn't agreed to early consideration for her case, reports Cary Aspinall at Tulsa World. Spottedcrow was released on Thursday morning from Hillside Community Corrections Center in Oklahoma City after completing a community-level sentence required by the governor as a condition of her parole. Her harsh sentence had attracted worldwide attention. She originally faced a 12-year prison sentence out of Kingfisher County for selling a dime bag of pot to a rat. She was thrown in prison in December 2010 after spending a few months in the county jail. Advocates expressed concern for possible racial bias in the case (Spottedcrow is a Native American), pointing out that Oklahoma incarcerates women more than any other state in the U.S., particularly with unusually harsh sentencing for drug crimes. Spottedcrow missed potty training her youngest child while she was in prison; she also missed first words, first days of school, soccer games, Christmas, and birthdays. She said that she's ready to make up for lost time and...