- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board unanimously rejected a woman’s request to reduce her 30-year prison sentence for failing to prevent her boyfriend from abusing her children.

On Wednesday, the five-member parole board planned to consider commuting the sentences of 12 inmates, including Tondalo Hall, 31, of Oklahoma City. Hall’s case drew national attention, with critics of her sentence saying she was unfairly punished for being a victim of domestic violence, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1iO3uUt) reported.

Hall said she was physically abused by her boyfriend, Robert Braxton Jr., who was convicted in 2004 of child abuse and sentenced to two years in prison. Hall said Braxton would regularly choke, hit and verbally assault her in front of her children.

In her application for commutation, Hall asked the board to allow her the chance to raise her three children, two of which Braxton fathered.

“Despite my failures, I did not physically abuse my children. I was an active parent and proud mother. I loved and cared for my children and would appreciate the opportunity to watch them grown up,” she said.

Braxton, who admitted to causing fractures in his baby daughter’s femur, ribs and toe, was released in 2006. Hall only is a third of the way through her 30-year sentence.

Commutation is a rare form of clemency in which an inmate’s sentence is reduced. It hasn’t been granted in Oklahoma since 2012.

The state’s parole board is expected to establish new eligibility parameters for commutation. But the process, which requires approval from the Legislature or Gov. Mary Fallin, could take months to complete.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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