Teenager Billy Flynn dramatically sobbed on the witness stand in a New Hampshire courthouse in 1991 as he recounted how his older lover, school teacher Pamela Smart, had seduced him into helping murder her husband.
In the notorious case, Smart, then 22, had threatened to stop having sex with the boy, 15, unless he killed Gregg Smart.
And now, the boy who pled guilty to second degree murder and helped put Smart in prison for the death of her husband in 1990 is about 39 years old and has been moved to a minimum-security prison, allowing him to work release in Warren, Maine. In a work release program, a prisoner is allowed to work and then return to prison when his shift is done.
Flynn was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison; the case inspired the 1995 Nicole Kidman movie To Die For. When Flynn testified against Smart, he said she wanted her husband dead so she wouldn’t lose her condo, furniture and dog in a divorce.
Flynn testified that Smart helped plan her husband’s killing to make it look like a burglary. He said she persuaded him and his friends to kill her husband so she and Flynn could be together. Smart also could have cashed in a $140,000 life insurance policy on Gregg.
The love struck teen shot Gregg to death as Flynn’s pals looked on.
Despite maintaining her innocence, Pamela was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, being an accomplice to first-degree murder and witness tampering. She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The other three teens were convicted of various charges related to the murder.
Despite testimony that she manipulated Flynn into the crime with racy photos of herself and sex, Smart, 46, stuck to her story, saying from prison in 2007 that she’s innocent: “I never asked him to kill my husband, and I never told him to kill my husband. I never wanted him to kill my husband.”