NEW SENTENCE: Killer Convicted As Teen
A woman convicted of killing a University of Northern Iowa librarian in 1993 will now have a chance for parole.
Ruthann Veal was 14-years-old when she stabbed Catherine Haynes 23 times.
KWWL reports the judge gave Veal the option for parole Monday. The new sentence was imposed based on a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision that a mandatory life-without-parole sentence is unconstitutional for children under the age of 17.
During Monday’s hearing Veal apologized to Haynes’ family for the first time.
Haynes’ daughter says she won’t forgive her.
“I don’t hate Ruthann Veal, I really don’t, but I hate what she did and I don’t believe that she should be out on the streets,” says Laura Haynes.
The Iowa Board of Parole will review the case.
Veal is currently an inmate in the women’s prison in Mitchellville.