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Two of Gregory Smart's killers nearing release

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 10. 2014 8:09PM

Two remain in custody
William Flynn, 40
William Flynn• Convicted of second-degree murder for shooting Gregory Smart in the head.
• Sentenced 40 years to life, eligible for parole after 25 years.
• Currently resides at Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren, Maine.
• Prison record includes five infractions, the last one in 1997. He has completed educational and vocational programs and certified as an electrician's assistant. He also received an associate's degree in liberal studies.
• Last week, a New Hampshire judge approved a recommendation of work release while incarcerated.
• Married while in prison.
• In 2008, Smart's brother Dean said Flynn had done a good job in prison, and he would accept his release in 2015.

Patrick Randall, 40
Patrick Randall• • Convicted of accomplice to second-degree murder for holding a knife to the throat of Gregory Smart while Flynn shot him.
• Sentenced to 40 years to life, eligible for parole after 25 years.
• Served most of his sentence in Maine. Moved to the miniumum security portion of the New Hampshire State Prison on Jan. 22.
• Prison record is disciplinary free.
• Participated in alcohol and drug course, as well as education and vocational programs.
• A New Hampshire judge is considering a request to participate in work release.
• In 1992, Smart's father said he was honestly touched after Randall faced the Smart family and wept during his sentencing hearing.

William Flynn, the teenager who shot and killed Gregory Smart in 1990, has been granted work release, and a similar request for ­Flynn’s accomplice is pending, a state corrections official said Thursday.

The releases come as the two people directly involved in Smart’s killing — Flynn and Patrick Randall — edge closer to June 2015, when they will be eligible for parole in the murder that drew international attention to New Hampshire.

Both testified against Smart’s wife, Pamela, who was convicted of first-degree murder conspiracy for coaxing her then-lover, Flynn, to carry out the murder. She is serving a sentence of life without parole in a New York state prison.

Both Flynn and Randall are now 40 and continue to be incarcerated in prisons in New Hampshire and Maine. Both were described as model prisoners when they received sentence reductions in the late 2000s. They are both eligible for parole on June 4, 2015.

“They’re at the point where we’re trying to transition them, get them prepared for release,” said Jeff Lyons, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. Work release would enhance their rehabilitation, corrections officials said in court paperwork filed with Rockingham County Superior Court.

With minimum security status, Flynn and Randall are inmates at their respective prisons, although they are eligible to leave under structured circumstances.

Randall has a C-2 minimum-security classification and has been housed at the New Hampshire State Prison transitional center in Concord since January, Lyons said. The center is outside the prison fence, and its doors are locked. But inmates at the center can sit outside and even smoke cigarettes in designated areas.

They also participate in crews that work at the prison doing tasks such as cutting grass and stocking the warehouse. They can also participate in road crews.

Corrections officials have requested a judge to reduce Randall’s classification further to C-1, which would make him eligible for a halfway house and work-release. That request is pending.

Officials also sought C-1 status for Flynn, and on July 2, Rockingham County Superior Court Judge William Delker gave no objection to that status for Flynn.

Lyons stressed that the Flynn request, made on June 10, originated from Maine, where he remains incarcerated.

Maine Corrections Department spokesman Scott Fish said he could not release any information about whether Flynn is participating in work release or not. Flynn was transferred to the Bolduc Correctional Facility, a minimum-security facility, in July 2013.

Fish said Maine inmates are usually transferred to the minimum security facilities in the last three years of their confinement. Maine does not have parole or halfway houses, so any work-release program is granted through minimum security facilities, Fish said.

Their next step would be parole. Donna Sytek, chairman of the Adult Parole Board, said inmates usually appear before the board two months before their minimum release date. They are usually granted parole if they are of good behavior, drug free and have a housing plan.

The two other youths involved in Smart’s murder have been out of prison for six years.

Raymond Fowler, who was in the car parked outside the Smart condo, was paroled in 2005 and has completed his sentence, Lyons said.

Vance Lattime, who drove the car, was paroled in 2005 and has posed no problems.

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