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Marybeth Tinning, convicted of killing her child, released from parole, authorities confirm


Convicted Child Killer Marybeth Tinning No Longer on Parole

NEW YORK ⁢- Marybeth⁣ Tinning, who was ‌convicted of the smothering death⁤ of her 4-month-old daughter Tami Lynne in 1985,⁣ has ⁢been‍ discharged from post-release ‍supervision, state prison officials confirmed this week.

Tinning, who is now 80 years old, ‌had been serving a sentence of 20 years to life in prison. Her case gained national attention as all nine ⁣of Tinning’s⁣ children died young from 1972 to 1985, eight of them under suspicious circumstances. An adopted child’s death was among the eight.

She⁣ was​ indicted in three deaths, but prosecutors pursued‌ only the Tami Lynne case. Tinning has denied killing the others.

Tinning was released ‍from ⁢prison ⁤in August 2018,‌ after six prior parole board appearances resulted ⁤in denials. She served 31 years in custody. She was expected to reside in Duanesburg upon her release.

Tinning then remained free under parole supervision for just under five years before being discharged from parole earlier this year.

Three ​Year Discharge

The end of her parole supervision came as the result of a “Three Year Discharge.” Parolees can ‌be granted such a discharge if the Board of ⁤Parole “determines that such discharge is in the best interest of society and provided further ⁢that the releasee has been on unrevoked community supervision ⁤for at⁣ least three consecutive years,” a provided 2022 state supervision directive reads.

“A discharge granted under this‍ section⁣ shall constitute⁢ a termination of the sentence with respect to which it was granted,” the law governing the discharges reads.

Reached Tuesday, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said he ‍had not been made aware of the decision when told by The Daily Gazette.

“I hope they’re correct,” Carney ‌said in response. “Given her age, it’s ‌likely she doesn’t pose a threat ⁢I guess.”

The Schenectady County ‍District Attorney’s Office, under then-District Attorney John Poersch, prosecuted Tinning.

An effort to ⁢reach Tinning this week was‍ unsuccessful and information on her since her discharge from parole was not available.

Kiara Thomas
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