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Mother Wrongly Sentenced to Death for Killing Infant Son Will Share Her Story

Sabrina-ButlerThe ACLU of Kentucky and the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty are bringing Mississippi death row exoneree Sabrina Butler Porter back to the Commonwealth to share her story.

She is the first female death row exoneree in the United States.  Sabrina was a teenager when she was sentenced to death for the abuse and murder of her infant son.  After spending three years on death row, and five years in prison, Sabrina was exonerated when investigators determined her son died from natural causes.

When she visited Kentucky in November 2013, she was the only woman exonerated. In March, another woman was freed after more than 20 years on death row in Arizona.

You can read more about Sabrina in this post announcing her 2013 visit.

Sabrina will be traveling the state speaking about her personal experience facing the death penalty and urging listeners to take action by contacting Kentucky legislators and asking for their support in abolishing the death penalty in our state. Below is a list of the communities where she will be speaking along with times and sites for the events.

Tuesday, April 7:

Covington Rotary Club Luncheon 12:15 p.m. (Radisson Riverside 668 W. 5th St., Covington)
University of Louisville 6:00 p.m. (Chao Auditorium-Ekstrom Library)

Wednesday, April 8:

Northern Kentucky University 12:00 p.m. (322 Nunn Hall)
Eastern Kentucky University 5:00 p.m. (O’Donnell Auditorium, Whitlock Building)

Thursday, April 9:

Western Kentucky University 3:30 p.m. (Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium GRH 1074)

These events are hosted by the ACLU of Kentucky, KY Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Witness to Innocence & Death Row Exonoree Sabrina Butler Porter

For further information or to schedule an interview with Sabrina, contact Shekinah Lavalle at (502) 636-1330 or

Photo: ©2013 Pat Delahanty, used with permission

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