It has been more than eight years since Timothy “Blister” Cook and his four-year-old son Timothy James “T.J.” Cook were shot to death at Cook’s home in Whitesburg. Next Thursday April Dawn Banks Boggs, who was convicted of knowing her husband, Jerome Boggs, planned to commit the two murders and other crimes and did nothing to stop him, will be released from the Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright.
Boggs was scheduled to complete her sentence in September, but was granted a July 1 release for good behavior as an inmate and because the Otter Creek facility is being closed to women inmates.
The Cook family was notified of the pending release on Monday. Boggs had asked to be released on parole last December, but her request was denied. Upon her release, she will have served eight years and seven months of her original 14-year sentence.
Boggs was found guilty by a Letcher County jury on May 7, 2003 of facilitation to the murders, facilitation to robbery and complicity to trafficking in less than eight ounces of marijuana.
Jurors determined that Boggs drove her husband to Cook’s residence on Feb.17, 2002 when he killed Blister and T.J. Cook and, knowing that her husband had committed the crimes, later drove him away from the crime scene. Mrs. Boggs maintained that she didn’t know Jerome Boggs was planning to kill the Cooks and thought he was going to purchase marijuana when he left the vehicle. She told police that her husband wouldn’t let her spend time away from him after the murders.
In a letter written to Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks on Jan. 28, 2010, Boggs requested that Banks consider an early release for her because of the changes at Otter Creek.
“I am serving out my sentence and as of today, my serve out date is in September, but with all my good time and work credit it will make my serve out date July 1,” wrote Boggs. “I am a nonviolent off ender as well as a class D. I will be living with my granny in Isom.”
Boggs said moving to another facility located in another part of the state would make it harder on family members to visit her. She said she has a very good institutional record and has been involved in many activities at Otter Creek.
“I have worked in the legal aid department for over two years now,” said Boggs. “I am currently a grievance aide here and am hoping that I can stay until the end to help close out everything. I am very capable of holding a job.”
Boggs said she has taken every class available at the Wheelwright facility in addition to a paralegal class through the mail.
“The parole board did serve me out, which I am completely fine with,” she said. “All I ask for is to be released early or maybe off ered the home incarceration program.”