An Indiana woman who stabbed her boyfriend 39 times during a sex game in 2001 has been released from prison after serving 18 years.
Anastazia Schmid had pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a deal with Tippecanoe County prosecutors one day earlier. Her previous murder conviction was vacated by a federal judge in May.
Schmid, now 45, was given a 50-year sentence in connection with the slaying of 26-year-old Tony Heathcote, who was also her business partner. However, she only had two years remaining on the sentence because of good behavior and other factors, according to the Journal & Courier newspaper.
Heathcote was tied up and blindfolded when he was brutally killed in the Lafayette home on March 4, 2001.
“I can’t erase the pain that I brought or bring Tony’s life back,” Schmid told the judge Monday, according to the Purdue Exponent. “And a million apologies can never undo the past.”
Heathcote’s father was not impressed, saying Schmid just wants to “save herself.”
“She never showed remorse for killing my son until today,” George Heathcote told the Purdue Exponent. “Just stop the lies, let my son rest now.”
Schmid’s murder conviction was tossed because of mistakes made by her lawyer, according to the federal judge.
“The testimony of Ms. Schmid’s counsel that she was psychotic, heavily medicated … raised a … doubt as to her competence to stand trail, …” U.S. District Judge Judge William Lawrence wrote, according to the Journal & Courier. “… Her counsel’s failure to request a competency hearing, and instead to stipulate to her competency when the prosecution raised the issued during the trial was deficient performance.”
She was sentenced to time served as part of the plea deal, and will be on parole for two years.
This woman is clearly a danger to her community. She should’ve been released to a psych ward.