|Updated: 7/20/2012 3:36 pm
||Published: 7/20/2012 3:35 pm
Governor Mary Fallin agreed to grant early release to a woman sentenced to 12 years in prison on drug charges.
In January 2010, Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow was arrested with her 25-year old daughter after selling $31 worth of pot to an undercover officer.
Spottedcrow was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Minor Child. Spottedcrow was later charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. She entered a blind plea on the charges and was originally sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Judge Robert Davis modified her sentence in Sept. 2011 by suspended the final four years of her sentence. Spottedcrow’s case was pulled for early review by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. In April, the parole board voted 5-0 to recommend early release.
On Thursday, Governor Fallin agreed to grant early release, with stipulations that Spottedcrow complete 120 days at a community level facility operated by the Department of Corrections with a portion of her time on work release. The Governor’s office says supervised release programs at community level facilities are designed to transition former inmates into society and allow those inmates to demonstrate that they are ready to live as productive, law-abiding citizens.