September 30, 2016 - 11:04 AM
NIANTIC, Conn. - A Connecticut woman who drowned her newborn child in a toilet as a teenager in 2006 has been released from prison.
Panna Krom had her 18-year prison sentence commuted earlier this month by the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.
WFSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2dBAcdx) the now 26-year old said she missed her family while serving her sentence in a Niantic prison and was "grateful" for her release Friday.
Her lawyers had argued her sentence was harsher than those in similar cases and that she had been a model prisoner.
But Danbury State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III argued that Krom had agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter in 2008 and wasn't eligible for parole until 2019.
Krom admitted she killed her baby because she had hidden her pregnancy from her family.
Information from: WFSB-TV, http://www.wfsb.com
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