Hollywood's story had a beginning, a climax, and an end, as well as that helicopter for some reason, but real life doesn't tie itself up in such a neat bow. Eugene Bennett will be a free man very soon. According to Margo, "he's actually due for release in July of 2016. How do I feel about that? Well, I'm still very ... angry, would be the right word to use, at the judge for having sentenced him for such a short sentence compared to what the jury recommended."
The jury in Eugene's case decided he deserved 61 years in prison for kidnapping a man, rigging him with explosives, attempted murder, and also a parole violation. The Circuit Judge reduced this to a 23-year sentence for reasons unknown, which means a whole new cycle of worry for Margo and Lindsey. As Lindsey says, "we've been talking a lot about his release lately ... I have a 7-year-old niece, and so we've been prepping her, and that's been kind of a call-back to the preparation we had to do when we were kids. Setting up a password system to get picked up from school, etc." Yeah, it's not just about the media spotlight coming back -- it's about Eugene coming back.
It is possible that Eugene will wind up back in prison, charged for one of his other crimes immediately after release. If not, well, Lindsey makes it clear: "We're not going to go run and hide."
Lindsey Bennett would like to ask you to donate to Future's Without Violence, an anti-Domestic Violence charity, and the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth.
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