Woman released after 14 years in prison
IUKA, Miss. - A woman who spent 14 years on Mississippi's death row has pleaded guilty to killing her husband and subsequently was released from jail.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 58-year-old Michelle Byrom entered an Alford guilty plea to the 1999 murder of Edward Byrom Sr. in Tishomingo County Circuit Court on Friday before Judge Paul Funderburk.
The Clarion-Ledger reports the judge then sentenced Byrom to 20 years with four years suspended. That equals the 16 years she's already served.
Byrom was accused of killing her husband and recruiting her son to assist in a murder-for-hire plot. After her trial, Edward Byrom Jr. allegedly confessed to the killing.
In March 2014, the Mississippi Supreme Court threw out Byrom's conviction and ordered a new trial.