Judge frees Maryland’s longest serving female prisoner

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore circuit judge has granted the release of Maryland’s longest serving female prison inmate, a woman who spent more than four decades behind bars.

She contracted the coronavirus while in prison.

The Baltimore Sun reports 61-year-old Eraina Pretty was resentenced to time served on Monday in response to a request from a unit in the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office that works to free older prisoners at risk of contracting the virus and who pose no threat to public safety.

Pretty was serving a 60-year sentence after pleading guilty to a murder charge in 1978. She was 18 at the time.

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