Anastazia Schmid, 45, pleaded guilty of voluntary manslaughter Monday and was released 24 hours later after a judge abandoned her murder sentence and earned her good conduct
A woman from Indiana who was "instructed by a voice in her head" to fatally stab her friend 39 times during a sex game in 2001, was released from prison after 18 years.
Anastazia Schmid, now 45, brutally massacred her friend Tony Heathcote while being blindfolded and restrained as part of a consensual sexual encounter on March 4, 2001.
She was found guilty of murder the following year, but her conviction was abandoned last May after a judge ruled she had not received a fair trial because his lawyers had never asked for a competency hearing, despite being & # 39; psychotic & # 39 ; and & # 39; heavy & # 39; was medicine & # 39; at the time of the procedure.
As a result, she received a new sentence and pleaded guilty of voluntary manslaughter on Monday, after a 44-year prison sentence.
However, she was released the following day due to merits of good behavior and other time-saving credits that she received behind bars.
"I can't erase the pain I brought or bring Tony & # 39; s life back," Schmid told the court on Monday. "And a million apologies can never undo the past."
Anastazia Schmid (right in 2000) brutally slaughtered her friend Tony Heathcote (left) while being blindfolded and detained as part of a consensual sexual encounter on March 4, 2001
Schmid was found guilty of murder the following year. However, her conviction was abandoned last May after a judge ruled that she had not received a fair trial because his lawyers had never requested a hearing of competencies, despite being "psychotic" and "heavily medicinal" at the time.
But the Heathcote family seemed to care for her remorse, while his stepmother Alice said: & I believe with all my soul that you are a manipulator and a liar. God will know the truth. & # 39;
According to legal documents, Schmid was informed on 2 March 2001 that Heathcote had abused her young daughter.
"I can't erase the pain I brought or bring Tony & # 39; s life back," Schmid told the court on Monday. "And a million apologies can never undo the past"
Two days later, Schmid and Heathcote enjoyed sexual relationships at home, with the help of handcuffs, a collar, a belt and a blindfold, when Heathcote suggested the couple add role play to the dynamics, taking the role of & # 39; little girl & # 39; played and he takes the role of & # 39; dad & # 39 ;.
Schmid, who has an extensive history of psychological problems, was asked to think about her daughter and the alleged attack hours earlier due to the request.
She left the bedroom and went to the kitchen to get a knife, while Heathcote hung on the bed frame by his ankles with a blindfold covering his eyes.
Schmid stabbed her lover 39 times while he lay defenseless for the flurry of blows. He was declared dead on the spot.
At the age of 26, Schmid would claim that she had undergone a "psychotic break" and heard a voice telling her that she was the messiah and that Heathcote was "bad and needed to be eliminated," which prompted her to carry out the murder.
Schmid (pictured at trial in 2002) pleaded guilty of voluntary manslaughter on Monday and was sentenced to 44 years in prison, but was released the following day for merits of good behavior and other time-saving credits she got behind bars
Published in an opinion letter Lafayette Journal & Courier, officials who worked with Schmid in the Prison College program of the Indiana Woman, described her as a radical transformation behind bars, insisting that she is not the same woman who was convicted of murder almost two decades ago.
& # 39; We are lucky to know a completely different Anastazia – a vibrant, deeply intelligent woman who is one of the most loved people in the prisons where she has lived since her trial & # 39 ;, wrote the current and former faculty of Ball State University, DePauw University and Indiana University.
The staff members further noted that the model prisoner enrolled in "any program available to her," and upon completing them all created "new" and continued her rehabilitation.
In an opinion letter published by Lafayette Journal & Courier, officials who worked with Schmid in the Indiana Prison College program described to her that she was undergoing a major transformation behind bars, insisting that she was not the same woman who was convicted nearly twenty years ago of the murder.
She became a mentor for a number of women in prison, and also investigated her interests in theater writing, art and became a "brilliant" independent scholar.
She also won the Gloria Anzaldua Award 2016 from the American Studies Association for outstanding independent scholarships and has presented her research at academic conferences, including the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians and the American Studies Association.
Schmid earned an associate and bachelor's degree while she was behind bars and is currently enrolled in a master's degree to continue her studies. She also worked as a writing instructor, art therapist and yoga instructor for other women in prison.
Schmid is released on Tuesday and will remain on trial for two years.
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