Woman given a chance at parole Governor moved by her account of parental abuse

November 20, 1993|By Sandy Banisky | Sandy Banisky,Staff Writer

After 18 years in prison for the murder of parents she says abused her, Linda Sue Glazier will have a chance to plead her case at a parole hearing in January, the governor's office said yesterday.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer yesterday announced that he has shortened her sentence from two consecutive life terms to concurrent life terms. The change means Glazier, 37, is eligible for parole now instead of having to wait several more years for a hearing.

"The governor weighed the evidence of abuse in her childhood, and he was moved by it," said Page W. Boinest, Mr. Schaefer's spokeswoman. "She has been a model prisoner" at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women at Jessup, where she earned a college degree, Ms. Boinest said. Frank Dunbaugh, a lawyer who has been working on Glazier's case without pay for 10 years, said he was cautiously optimistic.

"She's hopeful that the process will go smoothly and that she'll be free some time next year," Mr. Dunbaugh said after visiting Glazier yesterday.

William and Dorothy Glazier were killed by shotgun in their Cambridge home in September 1974.

Linda Sue Glazier's then-boyfriend, James Greenwell, is serving two life terms for the slayings, which occurred while Glazier was in another room.

Glazier says that her father had beaten and raped her from the time she was 12 years old and that Greenwell killed her parents after she told him of her father's last attempt to fondle her.

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