Valessa Robinson, convicted as a teenager in the chilling murder of her mother, is scheduled to be released early from prison Friday, the Tampa Bay Times said
The Tampa murder made headlines when Robinson, then 15, was arrested along with her boyfriend, Adam Davis, and a friend, Jon Whispel. All three were charged with killing Vicki Robinson in 1998.
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Robinson received 20 years for third-degree murder; Davis is on death row, and Whispel got 25 years and will be released in 2020, the Times said.
Robinson by law had to serve 85 percent of her sentence, which would have made her release in 2015. But it's been moved up. She is 30.
According to court records, the Times said, Robinson was an out-of-control teenager and her mother had planned to send her to a Christian residential program. But before that happened, Robinson, Davis, and Whispel attacked Vicki Robinson in her home, injected her with bleach, and stabbed her when that didn’t kill her.
Although the Times said Davis was responsible for stabbing the victim, NBC News reported that a taped confession allowed jurors to hear Robinson confessing to stabbing her mother
. Robinson’s attorney told NBC that isn’t what happened and that Davis was the one who stabbed Robinson’s mother.
"I would describe her as a 15 year-old who was experimenting with drugs, who was experimenting with sex with a 19 year-old," attorney DeeAnn Athan told NBC. "It was like a train picking up speed, going down the tracks. Eventually I guess the train was just going too fast to put on the brakes and this is what happened. I wouldn't call her a victim, but I would say she wasn't very well protected for a 15-year-old."
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