A young black woman was an accessory to the gruesome murder of a white male.She got 25 years. Ten years into her term, at a time when sentences are getting harsher, her imprisonment raises disturbing questions about punishment meted out to women who kill men, to minority women in general, and about the nature of imprisonment--and redemption.
Girl gang seized in trunk slaying, ran the headline in the tabloid New York Post on April 8, 1985. The full-page article--and other articles and columns in the New York Times and various local papers--went on to describe one of the most sensational crimes of the year, a Nassau County to New York City kidnapping and murder that required 10 detectives in Long Island and nine in New York City working overtime to break the case.
Donna Hylton has been in prison 10 years for her part in the brutal, spectacular murder, in which three men and four women tortured a Long Island real-estate broker and, once he was dead, shut him up in a footlocker to decompose.
She has haunted me from the first moment I walked through the gates of the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women and she came down to meet me. She is 30 years old. Her dark hair was pulled back in a ponytail, and she was wearing a white turtleneck and green prison pants.
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