Hope Schreiner Death – Family and friends are mourning a West Townshend, Vermont who passed away years after being convicted of her husband’s murder. Due to a “terminal or debilitating” illness, Hope Schreiner was found guilty in 2006 of killing her elderly husband. Hope was freed from jail early on a medical furlough, according to state officials.
According to Dean George, the chairman of the Vermont Parole Board, Hope Schreiner, the oldest female prisoner in the state and the second-oldest prisoner currently under detention, was freed and sent to a northern Vermont nursing home. George noted that the Department of Corrections, not the Parole Board, had decided to give Schreiner medical vacation.
In March 2006, Schreiner was sentenced to 17 years to life for the second-degree murder of her 78-year-old husband, Robert Schreiner. DOC’s director of classifications and facilities designation, Cullen Bullard, stated that she would not be eligible for release until March 2023. He stated that she was under supervision while on furlough and that the Department of Corrections had conferred with the Parole Board and Robert Schreiner’s family.
According to the law, the prisoner may be released to a hospital, hospice, other approved inpatient facility, or any other type of residence that the commissioner deems appropriate. Bullard declined to describe Schreiner’s condition or its severity, citing medical privacy rules, but stated that the topic of her treatment had been discussed for the previous eight to nine months.
Schreiner had been detained at the Waterbury state complex’s Dale prison unit for women since her conviction eight years prior. She was then sent to the South Burlington women’s jail. Robert Schreiner was struck in the head with a sharp object, according to evidence presented during the trial. Although it was never located, prosecutors claimed that the couple’s potato hoe was the murder weapon.