Oklahoma Supreme Court justice's daughter released from prison

Sarah Edmondson, the daughter of an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice and niece of the state attorney general, is released from a Louisiana prison where she has been since 1998 for her part in a 1995 crime spree.
BY DIANA BALDWIN Modified: May 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm •  Published: May 19, 2010
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The daughter of an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice and niece of the state attorney general who was sentenced to a Louisiana prison for 30 years for her part in a 1995 crime spree has been released on parole.

Sarah Edmondson, originally from Muskogee, left the Louisiana Institute for Women in St. Gabriel on May 14, said Pam Laborde, communication director of the Louisiana Department of Correction.

The remainder of her parole will be supervised in Oklahoma, Laborde said. Her sentence is to end June 1, 2025.

She is the daughter of Justice James Edmondson and niece of Attorney General Drew Edmondson.

Edmondson and her then boyfriend, Benjamin Darras of Tahlequah, were 18 when they went on a violent southern crime spree. Darras shot and killed businessman William Savage in Hernando, Miss., and Edmondson wounded store clerk Patsy Byers in Ponchatoula.

Byers was paralyzed. She died of cancer in November 1997, a day before she was scheduled to videotape her testimony against Edmondson.

Edmondson, who had been in the Louisiana prison since November 1998, pleaded guilty to armed robbery, attempted second-degree murder and use of a firearm during a violent felony.

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