Woman on Death Row Set Free After 26 Years

Paula Cooper was sentenced to death in 1986 at age 16 for the murder of an Indiana woman.
1:02 | 06/17/13

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The youngest person ever put on death row in the US is now a free woman in 1986 Paula Cooper was sixteen and sentenced to the electric chair after confessing to stabbing a woman to death during a robbery. But many rallied to her defense including Pope John Paul the second. Who wanted Cooper to be given clemency even the grandson of her 78 year old victim with -- Lobbied for her release saying the penalty was too cool for a fifteen year old and 2005 the US Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. Tax acute anyone who is younger than eighteen years when they commit an offense. After the ruling Indiana changed the minimum age for -- occasion to sixteen. Finally Cooper's death sentence was overturned by Indiana's Supreme Court. Today Cooper -- left prison getting an early release for good behavior she spent time in prison working at the cafeteria and earning a bachelor's degree. But the 43 year old we'll have to start her new life from scratch she left prison with 75 dollars and some donated clothes.

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