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Pamela Smart's teen lover released from prison in Maine 25 years after killing Smart's husband

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WARREN, Maine — The triggerman in the Pamela Smart murder case — whose 1991 trial prompted sensational media coverage and spawned a Nicole Kidman movie — has been released from prison after serving nearly 25 years.

William Flynn was 16 and known as "Billy" in 1990 when he and three friends participated in what prosecutors said was Smart's plot to kill her husband in Derry, New Hampshire. Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and served his sentence in Maine.

Also released on parole Thursday in New Hampshire is Patrick "Pete" Randall, who held a knife to Gregg Smart's throat while Flynn shot him in the head.

Pamela Smart, who was 22 and worked as a media coordinator at the boys' high school when her husband was killed, is serving life in prison without the chance of parole. She admitted to seducing Flynn but insisted she didn't plan her husband's murder.

The trial inspired the Joyce Maynard novel "To Die For," which was made into the movie starring Kidman.

PHOTO: FILE - In this March 13, 1991 file photo, William "Billy" Flynn, testifies on his 17th birthday in court in Exeter, N.H., how he shot Gregg Smart in the head and killed him in Derry, N.H., in 1990. Flynn was convicted and sent to prison for killing Gregg Smart, the husband of his lover, Pamela Smart. Flynn was released from prison in Maine on parole Thursday, June 4, 2015 after serving nearly 25 years. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
FILE - In this March 13, 1991 file photo, William "Billy" Flynn, testifies on his 17th birthday in court in Exeter, N.H., how he shot Gregg Smart in the head and killed him in Derry, N.H., in 1990. Flynn was convicted and sent to prison for killing Gregg Smart, the husband of his lover, Pamela Smart. Flynn was released from prison in Maine on parole Thursday, June 4, 2015 after serving nearly 25 years. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

The board granted Flynn parole on his first attempt, on his 41st birthday in March.

He told the board that he'd always be haunted by the killing. "I will always feel terrible about what happened 25 years ago," he said in March. "Parole will not change that."

Flynn testified in Smart's 1991 trial that she threatened to break up with him if he didn't kill her husband.

On May 1, 1990, he and 17-year-old Randall entered the Smarts' Derry condominium and forced Gregg Smart to his knees in the foyer. As Randall restrained him holding with a knife to his throat, Flynn fired a hollow-point bullet into his head.

Both Randall and Flynn were sentenced to 28 years to life in prison. Two other teenagers served prison sentences and have been released.


This story has been corrected to note that Pamela Smart worked at the high school but was not a teacher.

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PHOTO: FILE - In this 1991 file photo, Pamela Smart testifies in Rockingham County Superior Court in Exeter, N.H. Smart was convicted of conspiring with her then 15-year-old lover, William "Billy" Flynn, to kill her 24-year-old husband, Gregg Smart in Derry, N.H., in 1990. Smart is serving a life without parole sentence. Flynn was released from prison in Maine on parole Thursday, June 4, 2015 after serving nearly 25 years.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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