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April Barber sentenced to death by her adoptive parents, who were released from prison after the governor’s commutation

(WGHP) – A prisoner pardoned by Gov. Cooper was allowed to leave the prison Thursday morning.

April Barber, who was granted clemency in early March, left Anson Correctional Institute around 9:45 a.m. Thursday and was greeted by a handful of family and friends.

“Freedom Fighting Missionaries” gave April a check for $500 to help her settle in as she begins her new life.

WGHP wasn’t allowed to ask questions but overheard Barber telling someone she felt “amazing”.

Barber was convicted two consecutive life sentences in 1992, when she was 16 after being framed for the deaths of Aaron and Lillie Barber in North Wilkesboro. The barbers had adopted April as a toddler and had fallen out over their romance with a man more than twice her age. They died on Labor Day 1991.

In his conversion, Cooper quoted the facts that Barber, now 46, was employed and involved in significant programs in prison and had earned her general education and paralegal certification.

The commutation order includes certain requirements that Barber must meet and sets its release date to March 24th.

Commutations are recommended to the governor by the Juvenile Sentence Review Board he established supreme command last year. The applications have been reviewed by the Office of Executive Clemency, the Office of the General Counsel and the Governor, the press release said.

“North Carolina law continues to change to recognize that the science is even clearer about immature brain development and decision-making in younger people,” Cooper said in the press release. “As people grow up, they can change, transform their lives, and engage as productive members of society.”

https://www.cbs17.com/news/north-carolina-news/april-barber-sentenced-in-death-of-her-adoptive-parents-released-from-prison-after-governors-commutation/ April Barber sentenced to death by her adoptive parents, who were released from prison after the governor’s commutation

DUSTIN JONES

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