Laurie Tackett signed letter envelope set

Laurie Tackett signed letter envelope set

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One of the four women convicted of beating, burning and killing 12-year-old Shanda Renee Sharer in 1992 was released Thursday from prison on the 26th anniversary of the girl's body being found.

Mary Laurine "Laurie" Tackett, 43, of Madison, was released shortly after midnight, according to officials from the Indiana Department of Correction. 

Tackett, who was 17 at the time of the killing, was charged as an adult and sentenced to 60 years in the Indiana Women's Prison in 1993 alongside co-defendant Melinda Loveless of New Albany. 

Two other defendants, Toni Lawrence and Hope A. Rippey, were sentenced to 20 years and 50 years respectively, according to IndyStar archives. Lawrence was released from prison in 2000, and Rippey was released in 2006. 

Online records list the earliest possible release date for Loveless as Sept. 5, 2019.

Witnesses said that Loveless plotted to kill Sharer because she believed Sharer had stolen her 15-year-old girlfriend from her. Court testimony indicates that the four girls lured Sharer from her home the night of Jan. 10, 1992, on the pretense that she was being taken to meet her new girlfriend.

Sharer entered the car, not knowing Loveless was hiding in the back seat under a blanket, according to IndyStar archives. Loveless ordered Sharer to tell the truth about stealing the girlfriend or have her throat slit.

June 16 1992: Four teenage girls, including Mary Laurine Tackett (pictured), were charged with torturing and killing Shanda Renee Sharer, 12, Jeffersonville, Ind. Prosecutors say the teens bludgeoned and sodomized Sharer with a tire tool on Jan. 11 sliced her legs with a knife then doused her with gasoline and burned her alive on a back road. (Photo: AP file photo)

The 12-year-old began to cry and tried to answer Loveless' questions, testimony showed.

The teens then bound, bludgeoned, choked, cut and sodomized Sharer at a remote location. After more than seven hours of torture, the girls ended it by soaking Sharer with gasoline and burning her alive alongside a country road, evidence revealed.

The letter and envelope are both handwritten. The letter is signed, Laurie.

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