Shaken Baby Commutation

April 6, 2012 - 5:25 PM
This Nov. 15, 2010 photo shows Shirley Ree Smith outside of a Skid Row hotel in Los Angeles where she was being housed. Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, April 6, 2012 commuted the sentence of the 52-year-old woman convicted of shaking her baby grandson to death, saying that significant doubts surround her conviction. Smith was convicted in December 1997 of shaking her 7-week old grandson, Etzel Dean Glass III, to death. She was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, but has been free since 2006, when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set aside her sentence. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Michael Robinson Chavez) ** MANDATORY CREDIT: MICHAEL ROBINSON CHAVEZ/LOS ANGELES TIMES; NO FORNS; NO SALES; MAGS OUT; ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER OUT; LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT; VENTURA COUNTY STAR OUT; INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN OUT; SAN BERNARDINO SUN OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT, TV OUT **