Betty Smithey went to the prison in 1963 on charge of murdering a 15-month-old Sandy Gerberick. Smithey with a history of mental illness strangled the toddler while babysitting on the New Year’s Day in 1963. Then 20-year-old Smithey was sentenced for life without parole. This longest serving female inmate of America got released from the Arizona State Prison Complex after 49 years, reported the Huffington Post.
“It's wonderful driving down the road and not seeing any barbed wire,” Smithey told the azcentral. “I am lucky, so very lucky,” she added.