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August 22, 2014, 6:37 pm
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Gov. Quinn to Make Final Decision on Skinner's Fate


It could be months before any decision is made on a request to grant early release to convicted killer Shirley Skinner.

 

Relatives of the 78-year-old great-grandmother asked the Prisoner Review Board to set her free because of her age and declining health… including a series of strokes suffered behind bars. But family and friends of victim Steven Watkins object, saying it would be a mockery of justice to let her out after only four years behind bars.

 

Skinner was convicted of shooting Watkins in the back of the head after he arrived at her home for a visit with his daughter. Watkins was going through a divorce from Skinner’s granddaughter at the time.

 

The board will make a recommendation to Governor Pat Quinn, who will have the final say.

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