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Supporters Plead With Governor To Release Sick, Aging Grandmother Convicted Of Killing Boyfriend

Glenda Virgil, 65, is serving time at California Institution for Women in Corona for killing her boyfriend who allegedly beat her. Now she has been diagnosed with cancer, and 24 years after the crime supporters want to see her released from prison.

A woman serving time at a Corona prison facilty after being convicted of killing her boyfriend because she allegedly feared for her life, is making headlines this holiday season.

Family and supporters of Glenda Virgil, 65, who in 1988 killed the man who allegedly beat her, is asking for clemency from Gov. Jerry Brown.

Dixie May Dunn, 19, is leading a campaign to get her grandmother released from California Institution for Women in Corona. Dunn says her grandmother is in a wheelchair and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer in September. Doctors told her she had three to four months to live, Dunn said.

The campaign posted on Change.org has been joined by more than 50,000 people across the country who are signing an online petition asking the governor to release Virgil from custody so she can spend her last days with her grandchildren, according to Dunn.

“My grandma … was the victim of physical, mental and emotional abuse by her boyfriend over a period of four years before getting the courage to leave the relationship. When her boyfriend learned of her plans to leave him, he beat her for several hours and threatened to kill ... her, himself and their dog with a gun,” Dunn said. “Believing that her life would end if she did not act, [my grandmother] shot and killed her abuser."

During incarceration Virgil has dedicated herself to helping victims of abuse and trauma, Dunn said.

“It was talking to my grandmother that gave me the courage to leave an abusive relationship two years ago,” Dunn explained.

No evidence of Virgil’s abuse was allowed to be admitted at her trial in San Diego County in which she was convicted of second-degree murder, Dunn said. Virgil was sentenced to 15 years to life, and was eligible for parole in 2000, but Dunn contends the parole board has never given her grandmother’s case serious attention.

In late September, attorneys with the USC Post-Conviction Project and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) submitted a formal request for parole to Governor Brown, according to Dunn and Virgil supporters. Additionally, Dunn plans to deliver the Change.org petition signatures in-person at Governor Brown’s office with Assemblywoman Ma and other supporters.

In 2012, Ma introduced AB 1593 and AB 593 -- the Sin By Silence bills -- spurred on by the story of Virgil and other victims of domestic violence.

AB 593 seeks to clarify Penal Code 1473.5 to include domestic violence victims who were denied the opportunity to provide expert testimony during their trials. AB 1593 seeks to provide domestic violence victims a chance to present their evidence during the parole process.

Inspired by Virgil’s story and other victims of domestic violence, documentary filmmaker Olivia Klaus produced “Sin by Silence.” The film premiered in 2009 and in 2011 had its television premiere on Investigation Discovery.

Constant Comment December 04, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Might be totally missing the point here. Its not about being "a threat" to anyone now. She was already a threat in the past. She went thru the judicial system, was tried and convicted. I'm sure if there was any kind of evidence that wasn't heard back in '88, she would have asked for a retrial in the last 25+ years. Alot of people also make up abuse stories AFTER THE FACT to justify their actions. We don't know. It's wrong to let ANY convicted killer go free until they've served their COMPLETE time, no matter what their health situation is. If they made an exception for this killer, then they'd have to make exceptions for ALL killers. The only proven & convicted 'abuser' here is the woman that killed her boyfriend, instead of just moving away. }~[
oldbird December 04, 2012 at 07:05 PM
its thier fault for geting themselvs in it. thers no reason to kill any body. abuse rape home invasins a bunch a horsecrap that morons uise tomurder some one. throw the key and fogetabout them
Michael December 04, 2012 at 10:21 PM
She did the crime, and she needs to stay in jail, so they let her out, she goes to a treatment center and get the help she needs and is cancer free and lives another 20 years. KEEP her in JAIL..
Mom of two December 05, 2012 at 05:35 AM
In 2010 it cost us $47,421 to house just one individual in the California prison system. Now add two years of inflation and her medical bills on top of that. She has already served 25 years of a 15 years to life punishment for a crime that was committed on her abuser. I say let her out.
Constant Comment December 05, 2012 at 06:06 AM
...then along those lines of thought, we should let all the killers out because its just costing us too much? Lame.}~(
Fed up December 31, 2012 at 07:06 PM
She is one of the few that should be released.... Many of you don't know of the inmates that where recommended for release by the parole board. They murdered their children and were granted parole by mr. j Brown. One drowned her children and another smothered hers. They were released this year.
Fedup December 31, 2012 at 07:08 PM
She is one of the few that should be released.... Many of you don't know of the inmates that where recommended for release by the parole board. They murdered their children and were granted parole by mr. j Brown. One drowned her children and another smothered hers. They were released this year.
oyochickporvida January 05, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Once again, bleeding hearts want us to feel pity for a murderer who felt none for her victim. 25 years later, she's perfected her "poor me, I was abused" story and there will always be suckers who believe her. I don't care if she's dying in prison. She's had 25 years of life that she denied to her victim. She's right where she belongs.
April January 22, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Imagine sharing a bed with someone who you have seen become violent at the slightest thing. Make threats on a daily basis, in which, you've seen this person follow through with. It's scarey. You are at war with someone whom you have mixed, confused emotions. Police can't help you. No restraining order protects you from emotional and psychological abuse let alone the physical that you "know" is right around the corner. Free her!
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 07:01 PM
He was threatening to beat her to death, as he was beating her you idiot. My mom was told if she left he would chase her down and kill her and many ex's make good on those threats. Three women a day are killed by their significant other. How many bloods, crips, etc get out of jail and kill again and again and again. Unless you are beating your spouse she is no threat to you.
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 07:11 PM
The point of prison is to make society safer. She was never a threat to anyone. Let's play a game, I come to your house - beat the crap out of you - tell you if you leave I will track you down, and if I can't find you, I will kill everyone you love. She did us a FAVOR , let her go. She should have never been in jail. You can't just move away from someone that controls all the money that comes in your house, knows where you work, etc etc etc. You're really clueless and should just keep quiet. Yes, let's keep her in jail so the prison system, now privatized, can make money.
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 07:11 PM
what ?
The Teller of Truth February 14, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Its not really about being a threat to anyone out on the streets now. Its more about paying for the crime by doing the time. Its SUPPOSED to set examples about what is not allowed in todays society.
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Yes, how dare she kills her abuser. This is a free country, if someone is threatening to kill you and beating you they are the one who is commiting the crime, you have the RIGHT to defend yourself.
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Yes and if someone beats the crap out of you, controls every penny that comes in the house, tells you if you leave you die. I think they need to be killed. In America no one has the right to make you a punching bag and a slave, or property. That is what these people do. I almost killed my step-dad when I was 12, I finally beat the shit out of him when I was 15, I never went out I always hung around the house. You no jack squat zero about this unless you've watched someone threaten to kill your mom every day for over a decade. Other kids were working out to make the team, I was working out to prepare for war. Only my ability to violently inflict damage on the abuser caused it to stop. You live in a bubble, shut up.
Constant Comment February 14, 2013 at 07:50 PM
@Kris, I believe that there are plenty of agencies that you could go to in order to work out your anger issues with your Dad. Violence is NEVER the answer. Don't keep the cycle going. Good luck!
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 07:54 PM
How about I come over your house, beat you, keep all your money, take all your relatives info, know where your kids go to school - and tell you "be my punching bag, and my slave" and if you try to leave I will kill you and if I can't kill you I always can get your family... what kind of big mouth opinionated idiot would you be ? You'd be a mouse and that is what happens to these woman. SHOCKING isn't it. Imagine if it were real - you'd cower, and beg them to not hurt your family - these women are insanely brave, they take the beating to avoid worse. You on the other hand are an opinionated know-nothing.
Constant Comment February 14, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Kris, the point of the 'penal' system is to 'penalize' someone for breaking the law. I'm sure Glenda went through the proper court chanels and was found guilty by a group of her peers. She could have just moved away.
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 08:03 PM
no Constant, I have no issues. He is a coward, as soon as I bludgeoned him he knew he was the one in danger. The issues weren't mine, my response was appropriate. The cops came to our house and made faces and acted annoyed when my mom called them. I never wish ill on anyone, but I offer you this - give a guy all your money, let him beat your face in, get all your relatives info, know where your kids go to school, let him tell you if you leave and I can't find you - then everyone you love is dead. Then let us see if you are such an arrogant wind bag, I think not.
Constant Comment February 14, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Theres a huge difference between being arrogant and being intelligent. Good luck with your issues! }~)
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 08:08 PM
One more thing Constant- when I saw that behavior I vowed I would never bully anyone in life and my home would a sanctuary where my kids and spouse would be loved and nurtured and they always have been, so don't assume anything. If you were sincere in your comment about breaking the cycle of the abuse well thank you it has been broken.
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Constant, How do you know she could just walk away? Did you know her bank balance, did you check with the local shelters to see if there was a bed for her? Thanks for making the point to protect the abuser, if you are pray for you that are never in this position. They release people who have killed multiple times and yet this woman who killed her abuser they keep her in jail for 25+ years. I hope you are blissfully ignorant for the rest of your life, obviously you have never been in one of these situations or else you wouldn't be so ignorant about it.
Constant Comment February 14, 2013 at 08:37 PM
@Kris, it is not my intention to argue with you. It is my opinion that any woman with a job and a car (that you said she had), could have walked away. Yes it would have been hard , but it can be done. Battered people make that decision every day without resorting to killing & being labeled a murderer. She made all of her decisions herself. Lastly, just because you don't like what you're reading, does not mean that I am ignorant. Have a good one! }~)
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Constant, I never said she had a car or a job, I was using an example of how people become trapped by a psycho. And maybe you mistake being ignorant for a insult. You are "ignorant" of what they went through, reading it doesn't begin to allow you to understand it. I've lived it, so I understand VIOLENCE is sometimes the only answer, these guys are little Hitlers, how do you stop Hitler? Beg, run, pray? No overwhelming violence is the only answer.
Constant Comment February 14, 2013 at 09:05 PM
"You can't just move away from someone that controls all the money that comes in your house, knows where you work, etc etc etc." Well I know lots of people that could. My opinion still stands that violence is never the answer! I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. }~)
Kris Williams February 14, 2013 at 09:11 PM
You make my point for me. Violence. Violence is the problem, they are being abused. You are entitled to your opinion, but police don't have the resources to stop these guys. I recently read a story about a lady who was trying to find the police station on a 911 call and as she was running up the steps to get in the building she was shot in the back and then the retard killed himself ! How do you cure that? You kill him first, that is how. How can you worry about the perpetrator? It's bizarre.
Medusa February 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM
It figures that Constant Comment would continue to be constantly commenting on yet another subject he/she knows NOTHING about. Unless you have been a victim of domestic violence, you have no idea what these woman go through! You sure have a lot to say about people and circumstances you have no experience with. It amazes me how on each and every article you comment on, you always show your ignorance.
The Teller of Truth February 15, 2013 at 01:50 AM
At least his comments are far more interesting than yours, shows wisdom beyond your years, has plenty of friends to back him up, and only has ONE name meduza!
Kris Williams February 15, 2013 at 02:22 AM
I can't understand how these people are worried about the abuser's, they got what they deserve. I only wished more women would do this. I am becoming a Certified Firearms Instructor and give free lessons at the Women's Shelter. If anyone chase's them down after they've gotten away I want to make sure they can protect themselves.
Kris Williams February 15, 2013 at 02:26 AM
All you bleeding hearts worried about the abusers make me sick. If it was up to me and you could verify the women had been abused and stalked I'd give the women a cash award for ridding the world of this abusive scum.

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