Michelle Bankston Denied Parole

A Dothan woman convicted of killing her husband more than 15-years ago will spend at least four more years in prison.

Michelle Bankston was sentenced to 25 years behind bars.

Prosecutors dubbed her the "black widow" after Joe Bankston was gunned down while taking a shower on New Year’s Eve in 1990.

The victim was shot four-times with his own .45 caliber handgun.

But Michelle Bankston claimed two masked men knocked her unconscious and committed the crime.

Monday, the state parole board denied Bankston's request for early release.

District Attorney Doug Valeska and Attorney General Troy King both argued in favor of keeping her behind bars.

Bankston will not be eligible for parole again until 2011.


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