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  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2019 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is inmate Tondalao Hall. Hall, who has served 15 years in prison for failing to report her boyfriend, who served just two years behind bars for abusing her children, is scheduled to be released from custody. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the commutation sentence of Tondalao Hall and she is to be released Friday Nov. 8, 2019. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

Friday, November 08, 2019 12:30 pm

Oklahoma woman imprisoned in failure-to-protect case is free

Associated Press

MCLOUD, Okla. -- An Oklahoma woman who failed to report her boyfriend for abusing her children and who spent about 13 years longer in prison than he did for the abuse has been released.

Thirty-five-year-old Tondalao Hall left a women's prison in McLoud, Oklahoma, on Friday after serving 15 years behind bars. She offered thanks in a statement about her release.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Thursday that Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the order to commute her sentence. Her release comes about a month after the state Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously to recommend that Stitt commute her sentence to time served.

Hall's ex-boyfriend, Robert Braxton Jr., pleaded guilty to abusing the children and was released on probation after two years in jail.

The disparity of the sentences outraged women's rights advocates and brought further attention to Oklahoma's high rate of incarceration, particularly of women.