ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colorado – Donna Yaklich, the 50-year-old Pueblo woman convicted of killing her police detective husband with the help of two teenagers, has been released. Donna Yaklich is reportedly heading back to her home after nearly 18-year prison term.
The Colorado Women’s Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colorado ordered Thursday 23rd December, 2010 to set Donna Yaklich free as soon as possible before 5th January, 2011. The Arapahoe County Community Corrections Board ruled the decision, citing the civilized behavior demonstrated by Donna Yaklich during her sentence.
According to multiple sources, Donna Yaklich, who failed to attend the hearing due to her bad health, was informed about the decision later by phone.
Donna Yaklich was taken into custody almost 18 years ago after she confessed about the scheme to kill her police officer husband Dennis Yaklich, who was shot to death in 1985 in the driveway of their home.
Two teenage brothers Edward and Charles Greenwell, who were then 20 and 16-year-old respectively, were also taken into the custody along with Donna Yaklich and sentenced to serve 25 and 30 years behind the bars for being involved in the plan to commit detective Yaklich’s murder.
Donna Yaklich, who continuously maintained that she was abused by her husband, said, “I was afraid he would kill her.”
The reason for the news being hot today is that the true life story of Donna Yaklich and her conviction has been portrayed in a 1994 small-screen movie. Jaclyn Smith starred the main character.