INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana woman who became an international cause after she was sentenced to death for a killing when she was 15 years old has been released from prison.
A Department of Correction spokesman said Paula Cooper was released Monday morning from a prison in western Indiana.
Doug Garrison declined to say where the 43-old Cooper was taken. He said Cooper left prison in a state vehicle with $75 and wearing donated clothes.
Cooper was sentenced to die after she was convicted of stabbing a 78-year-old Bible school teacher 33 times during a 1985 robbery in Gary.
The U.S. Supreme Court has since ruled it unconstitutional to execute anyone under age 18 or to sentence them to life without parole.
A state court overturned her death sentence in 1988.