On her fourth attempt at parole, Colorado Springs’ notorious “fatal attraction killer” Jennifer Reali again pleaded for her freedom on the merits she’s a changed woman.
Jennifer Reali, center, with defense investigator Jeanne Brooks.
“It makes me mad, very mad, that somehow I could come to a place that I did that,” Reali told the two parole board members who will decide whether to continue her sentence or advance her case to full-board consideration. “That person is dead and gone, and I’m glad. She needed to go.”
In 1990, the then 28-year-old Reali donned camouflage and a ski mask when she gunned down Dianne Hood, the mother of three and the wife of Reali’s lover, Brian Hood, as the woman was leaving a lupus support meeting in Colorado Springs. Reali testified that Hood persuaded her to kill his wife. He claimed Bible verses inspired the plot, saying it was “God’s plan.”
Reali was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and received a life sentence. However, Gov. Bill Ritter commuted her sentence in 2011, making her eligible for parole.
She had already started working toward being a better person by then, Reali said Wednesday during her 35-minute hearing.
She’s been especially active the last two years, after being accepted into the Intensive Supervision Parole Inmate program, or ISPI, which allows her to live life unshackled in a Denver apartment with a cat and a dog, drive a vehicle and hold a job.
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