Billy Flynn, shooter in Pamela Smart case, granted parole
Billy Flynn, the man who shot and killed Gregg Smart 25 years ago, has been granted parole on his 41st birthday.
Smart was the husband of Flynn's lover and teacher, Pamela Smart. That case became a national sensation.
He will be eligible June 4 of 2015.
The family of Gregg Smart asked the board that Flynn not reside in New Hampshire, and Flynn said he plans to live and work in Maine.
Flynn spoke by telephone from the Maine prison where he has been held. He says he will always feel terrible about the killing and "parole will not change that."
Flynn says finding a job will be his biggest challenge because employers search his name on the Internet and the first thing they learn about him "is the worst thing I've ever done."
Flynn's parole conditions requires him to tell his parole officer if he travels to New Hampshire.
He also is not allowed to drink and use drugs or have a firearm. He also must seek counseling.
During his 25 years in prison he obtained a college degree and an electricians helper license.
The parole board said it was impressed with the number of things he accomplished while behind bars.
He also got married. His wife's name is Kelly.
The family and the parole board asked that Flynn refrain from ever speaking with the media.
He says he has no plans to do so.
Flynn expressed remorse and apologized for his crime ever since he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified that killing Gregg Smart was Pamela Smart's idea.
The 1991 trial became an instant sensation.
Its lurid details aired gavel-to-gavel on television years before the O.J. Simpson spectacle and spawned movies and books.
Pamela Smart remains in prison serving life without the possibility of parole for her role in her husband's death.
Flynn was sentenced to 28 years to life, minus credit for pretrial incarceration.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)