A Kentucky woman convicted of the 2007 killing her husband in his sleep was sentenced 18 years in prison in 2009.
Now the mother of two has been pardoned and greeted by her children with open arms after being incarcerated for nine years, the Daily Mail reports.
Cheryl McCafferty’s pardon for the murdering of her husband, Bob McCafferty, was one of more than 200 pardons approved by Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Dec. 7.
Having been a victim of domestic violence, McCafferty was one of 10 women pardoned by the governor.
McCafferty’s daughter, Molly, posted a picture of herself, her brother, and their mother on Instagram with a profound caption on Dec. 9, reports WXIX.
“Our prayers were answered on Monday night when we found out our mom had been pardoned and that she was finally coming home! After 9 long years our dreams are coming true and we have finally been reunited as a family. It’s so hard to put into words how truly grateful I am to all who have supported us and given us the strength to make it to this day. The continued love and support we have received from so many means the absolute world to us, and we are forever grateful.”
McCafferty’s mother, Betty Gosney, also expressed joy over her daughter’s release and said Cheryl called her at around 6:30 a.m. Both in tears and in laughter after hearing news of the pardon on Dec. 8.
A statement from the family says:
“Cheryl’s entire family wishes to express our appreciation to Governor Beshear for granting her a pardon. In addition the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association has been extremely instrumental by providing her legal assistance. It is imperative that society continues to be educated regarding the horrific crime of domestic violence that affects thousands of women and children each year. This crime exists at all social levels and too frequently becomes the hidden family secret.”
McCafferty swore before the court that her husband told her he would either kill their children and make her wish she were dead or she would kill herself, hours before the incident. Cheryl swore before the court that she shot her husband in self defense.
In turn, Bob's father and siblings delivered a blistering message denouncing the governor's verdict:
“Gov. Steve Beshear's unexpected pardon of convicted killer Cheryl McCafferty shows a jarring lack of respect for the memory of Bob McCafferty, a lack of respect for his father and siblings, and a lack of respect for the justice system. Gov. Beshear's pardon completely disregards the findings of a Campbell County jury, who convicted Cheryl McCafferty of manslaughter in March 2009, and the Circuit Judge, who sentenced her to 18 years in prison for this crime. The Kentucky Parole Board denied her Parole in 2011 after thorough review of the facts of the case and a face to face interview with her. In November 2015, she was reviewed by the Parole Board and received a Serve Out on the sentence.”