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article imageMother convicted in kids' drownings free on parole after just two years

By Chris V. Thangham     Sep 9, 2008 in Crime
An Illinois woman convicted in the drowning deaths of her three children has been released on parole after serving only two years of a 10-year sentence.
Prison officials in Illinois released Amanda Hamm from the Dwight Correctional Center early today.
Hamm was convicted of child endangerment in 2006 relating to the deaths of 6-year-old Christopher Hamm, 3-year-old Austin Brown and 23-month-old Kyleigh Hamm. The three children were found dead in their family car in a central Illinois Lake.
Hamm and her boyfriend, Maurice LaGrone Jr. planned the drowning at the lake near their home in Clinton, as they didn’t want the children in the way of their relationship according to the prosecutors.
LaGrone is still serving a life sentence after he was convicted of first degree murder.
Both Hamm and LaGrone say it was an accident, but prosecutors proved the children were killed deliberately.
It's not clear why Hamm was released early.
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