William “Billy” Flynn, who was convicted of killing teacher Pamela Smart’s husband in a sensational 1990 case that attracted widespread media attention, has been granted parole, the Portsmouth Herald reported Thursday morning.

Smart took Flynn, then 16, as a lover and convinced him and three friends to help murder her 24-year-old husband, Gregg Smart, in Derry, New Hampshire. Flynn was convicted of pulling the trigger in the crime and sentenced to 28 years in prison, while Pamela Smart ultimately was given a life sentence for being the mastermind behind the killing.

On Thursday, the parole board agreed to release Flynn, now 41, no earlier than June 4, about three years before the end of his original sentence, the Herald reported.

“I will always feel terrible about what happened 25 years ago,” Flynn said, according to the Portsmouth newspaper. “Nothing I can say will be of comfort, but I hope this will be the last time [Gregg Smart’s family] will be publicly reminded of their grief.”

Flynn, who is currently part of a work release program out of the Maine State Prison in Warren, plans to stay in the Pine Tree State after leaving custody, the Herald reported.

Of Flynn’s three friends who participated in the crime, two were previously released, while another co-defendant, Patrick Randall, goes before the parole board next month, according to the Herald.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.