A woman from Highland who was serving a 40 year sentence for the death of her husband had her sentence cut in half by outgoing governor Pat Quinn before he left office this week. 42 year old Tammy Englerth pleaded guilty to the first degree murder in 2006, but without explanation, Quinn trimmed the sentence to 20 years.
It means Englerth will now be eligible for release in January of 2025, instead of 2045. Englerth pleaded guilty to killing her husband, 30 year old Christopher Englerth, by setting fire to him. He died six days later. During the sentencing, her attorney claimed she had been the victim of physical abuse at the hands of her husband. Prosecutors had alleged that she was having an affair and was trying to collect on life insurance money by killing her husband.