A woman who was convicted of third-degree murder as a teenager for her role in killing her mother has become a mother herself.
Valessa Robinson served 13 years in a Florida prison for the 1998 crime, before being released in 2013.
Now, friends of the family have shared pictures of her with a newly born baby boy.
“When I first saw the picture, I didn’t recognize her,” Ed Philips, a friend of Valessa’s mother, Vicki Robinson, told Bay News 9. “Her appearance has drastically changed, and it’s good, but it was such a painful tragedy for many of us. We knew that Vicki would love to have seen her daughter have a second chance.”
Valessa participated in the murder of Vicki in 1998, together with her then-boyfriend, Adam Davis, and an acquaintance, Jon Whispel. The three were only caught six days after the murder in a high-speed car chase in Texas.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Vicki had been trying to maintain control over her 15-year-old daughter. Valessa was reportedly acting out and dating 19-year-old Davis, who had a criminal past.
Valessa was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for her role in the murder and grand theft of her mother’s van, but was released early in part due to good behavior.
Davis is currently on death row, having been convicted of stabbing Vicki repeatedly. Whispel was sentenced to 25 years and is due for release in 2020.
Phillips explained that although Valessa was building a new family, she would still have to face questions about the past.
“There is a tragedy in Valessa’s future, sadly,” Philips told Bay News 9. “There’s a day her son will grow up and naturally ask questions about her grandmother, and how did she die. How is Valessa going to answer that?”
Valessa did not respond to attempts by Bay News 9 to reach her for comment.