Former Walla Walla woman who killed husband released

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PORTLAND (AP) -- Twelve years after killing her husband in a northeastern Oregon campground, former Walla Wallan Liysa (DeWitt) Northon is leaving the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville.

Now 50 years old, Northon pleaded guilty in 2001 in Enterprise to manslaughter in the shooting death of Chris Northon, a Hawaiian airline pilot with a home in Bend.

The Walla Walla High School alumna said she was a victim of domestic violence.

Prosecutors said she aimed to gain life insurance and other widow's benefits and property.

The story was the subject of true-crime writer Ann Rule's 2003 book, "Heart Full of Lies."

The Oregonian reports Northon married a freelance writer while in prison.

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