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Indiana woman wins prison release in fatal injection case

June 19, 2017

A central Indiana woman who admitted giving her chronically ill mother a fatal injection of a painkiller has won release from prison.

A Delaware County judge last week suspended the remainder of Amanda Kay Pratt's sentence and ordered her to serve probation through Feb. 24, 2018. That's the day Pratt otherwise would have been released from prison after serving a four-year term.

The Star Press reports that while incarcerated, the Muncie woman completed an extensive substance abuse treatment program.

Authorities say Pratt injected her 54-year-old mother, Penny Kerr, with a prescription painkiller shortly before she died in February 2015. Pratt pleaded guilty in December 2015 to reckless homicide.

She and Kerr's husband said Kerr had become addicted to street drugs trying to cope with chronic pain.

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