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Parole board denies shorter sentence for mom

Posted at 1:52 PM, Sep 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-24 14:52:40-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has rejected a woman's request to reduce her 30-year prison sentence for failing to intervene against the child abuse.

On Wednesday, the parole board planned to consider commuting the sentences of 12 inmates, including 31-year-old Tondalo Hall. The Oklahoman reports that Hall's case drew national attention, with critics of her sentence saying she was unfairly punished for being a victim of domestic violence.

Hall said she was physically abused by Robert Braxton Jr., who was convicted of child abuse and sentenced to two years in prison. Hall said Braxton would regularly choke, hit and verbally assault her in front of her children.

In her application for commutation, Hall pointed out that she didn't abuse her children and asked for the chance to raise them.