Parole denied, but Jennifer Reali remains out of jail after killing lover's wife

Posted at 6:38 AM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 08:38:17-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A woman convicted of killing her lover's wife in Colorado Springs in 1990 has been denied parole again.

The State Board of Parole denied 54-year-old Jennifer Reali's request to be released last week, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. It was her third request.

While Reali is being denied parole, she is not in prison. Reali is serving a sentence through the Intensive Supervision Parole Inmate program and is living in her own apartment in the Denver area. The program targets low-risk inmates who are considered safe to manage in the community before their actual parole.

Reali was convicted of killing her lover's wife in Colorado Springs in 1990. Dianne Hood -- the mother of three -- was shot and killed outside a lupus support meeting.

Reali testified at her trial that Brian Hood cited Bible verses to convince her it was "God's plan" that she kill his wife. Brian Hood was convicted of second-degree murder and conspiracy.

Reali was sentenced to life in prison, but former Colorado governor Bill Ritter commuted her sentence in 2011, making her eligible for parole.

At last year's parole hearing, Reali said she felt she could give back better on parole than ISP [Intensive Supervised Parole]. 

"I have an obligation to help others so they will not go down the path that I did. I could be more productive on parole,” Reali said.


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