TALLAHASSEE, Florida Several Florida lawmakers are joining
family members in pleading for the release from prison of a 27-year-old woman who was born with AIDS and now is dying of cancer.
The Florida Parole Commission was set Wednesday to hear the case
of Betsie Gallardo in Tallahassee. She is being held at the South Florida Reception Center in Doral.
Gallardo has served slightly more than a year of a five-year sentence for biting one Collier County sheriff's deputy and kicking another after her 2008 arrest in Naples on a child neglect charge that later was dropped.
Four months into her sentence she was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer. It has since spread to her liver, lungs and ovaries.
Born in Haiti, she was adopted by a couple in Lafayette, Ind.
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