Woman at the Center of Infamous Killing is out of Homestead Prison

Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jessica Cary says Valessa Robinson was released from a South Florida prison early Friday.

Friday, Dec 6, 2013  |  Updated 8:57 AM EDT
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A woman who was convicted of assisting in her mother's killing has left prison after serving 15 years.

Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jessica Cary says Valessa Robinson was released from a South Florida prison early Friday.

A few minutes after midnight, a grey Chevrolet sports utility vehicle let the prison. WFLA reported that it appeared to be Robinson and her father Chuck. She registered with the Department of Corrections that she will live in Mississippi.

"I know she wants privacy," said DeeAnn Athan, the attorney who defended her at the trial, has told WFLA. "I think even though a lot of people will still condemn her, I think that some people would like to see that she has led a productive life for the last 17 years in prison."

She was 15 when she helped boyfriend Adam Davis and Jon Whispel kill Vicki Robinson in the family's upscale Tampa home in 1998.

The trio had taken LSD the night of the murder. They stole Vicki Robinson's van and credit cards and dumped her body. Shortly after, they set off on a cross-country escape and were captured in Texas.

Valessa Robinson was convicted of third-degree murder. Prosecutors said her mother had planned to send the teen to a Christian boarding school for troubled girls.

Davis is on death row and Whispel remains in prison.

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