A retired school librarian who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the assisted suicide of her ailing husband will be released on parole after serving the minimum sentence of 1 1/2 years in prison.
The state Board of Parole approved 64-year-old Jane Hearn's release from Albion Correctional Facility Aug. 11, parole spokesman Thomas Grant told the Albany Times-Union. Mrs. Hearn will be released Oct. 5, Grant said.
Mrs. Hearn was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years in prison in July 1997 after she pleaded guilty to shooting her husband, 69-year-old Jack Hearn, in their home in Saratoga County on April 8, 1997.
Her husband was suffering from dysthymia, a type of chronic depression, after a debilitating stroke. Facing a separation from his wife when he entered a nursing home, Jack Hearn, a retired Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute administrator, asked her to help him die.
After she shot her husband, Mrs. Hearn intended to shoot herself as well, but she was prevented from doing so by a son who found her standing over her husband's body.