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Parole Board will determine whether Laurie Kellogg can be released

Bedford Hills Correctional Facility has been home to convicted killer Laurie Kellogg for half her life.

Her young, innocent look is far different all those years ago at the Waterloo trial.

The sensational and lurid details of this crime and trial included testimony of alleged sexual abuse and murder for hire so dramatic it became national news and a made-for-TV movie.

The plot twisted crime takes place on a summer night in 1991 when Kellogg and four teenagers drive with a loaded gun from a Pennsylvania town to a camp on Cayuga Lake in Seneca County. Laurie’s husband , 43-year-old Bruce Kellogg, is inside. One of the teens, 17-year-old Denver McDowell, enters the home and fires four shots into Bruce’s head while he sleeps.

McDowell pleaded guilty and testified against Kellogg. He was sentenced to 50 years to life, later reduced to 25 to life.

Kellogg, now 54, claimed she had been abused by Kellogg, but never meant for him to be killed. The jury still found her guilty of second degree murder for masterminding the crime.

She was sentenced to 25 to life.

The parole board will have much to consider when Kellogg stands before them. She is expected to come to the table armed with plenty of ammunition to prove her case and the support of a Manhattan judge who ordered her release.

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