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Woman, 23, can’t get parole before 2012

A 23-year-old woman who pleaded guilty last year to helping her late boyfriend carry out a plan to rob and murder his grandmother has been denied parole.

In addition to denying the request for early release by Kyla Bellis, the Kentucky Parole Board ruled that Bellis won’t be considered for parole again until at least 2012.

Bellis, a native of Canada, pleaded guilty in December 2006 to criminal facilitation to attempted murder, criminal facilitation to first-degree robbery, and criminal facilitation to first-degree burglary. She admitted to being inside the Craft’s Colly home of Gerri Haynes on December 30, 2004, when Simon Christopher Haynes, a grandson of Mrs. Haynes, tried to kill his grandmother by hitting her in the head with a hammer.

Though she was seriously injured after being hit two times, Mrs. Haynes was able to survive the attack by firing a shot from a handgun she had hidden under a pillow on her bed, fatally wounding the grandson.

Bellis was sentenced to five years in prison for each of the three charges to which she pleaded guilty. She also agreed not to seek shock probation.

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