- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Kent County Superior Court judge has reduced the sentence of a convicted murderer to probation status due to the woman’s rehabilitation efforts.

The Delaware State News reports (https://bit.ly/22Qyu5z) 56-year-old Catherine Culp was imprisoned since fatally shooting her boyfriend, Lee Hicks, in 1998 south of Canterbury.

Young issued the order Monday, saying Culp met extraordinary criteria for sentence reduction and had made “tremendously ambitious” rehabilitation efforts. He modified the 17-year sentence that included 13 years of mandatory minimum time. Young also said two years could of Level III probation could possibly be transferred to Florida, where Culp previously lived.

The order notes that since being imprisoned, Culp earned an associate’s degree, participated in a counseling program and worked as a tutor in the prison for 11 years.

Deputy Attorney General Jason Cohee argued that no case law showed that extraordinary circumstances were present.


Information from: Delaware State News, https://delawarestatenews.net

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