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Widner sentence should not have been reinstated

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

July 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional for the full sentence of a woman charged with murder in Calhoun County to be reinstated. In August of '07 the Georgia Sentence Review Panel reinstated a 15-year prison sentence for Sandra Widner.

Widner plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in what was initially a murder case in Calhoun County. She later appealed, and the state sentence review panel reduced her term to eight years.

Then District Attorney Brown Mosely sued claiming the panel did not have the constitutional authority to change the sentence. The Georgia's Supreme Court ruled the sentence should have never been changed.

But now also say it was wrong to reinstate that sentence after it had been reduced.

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