Seneca Co. woman convicted in husband’s murder in 1991 released from prison

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SENECA COUNTY, NY (WROC) — The woman who was convicted in a murder plot where she enlisted the help of a group of teens to kill her husband in Seneca County decades ago has been released from prison.

Laurie Kellogg was paroled on Monday, according to state records, after serving more than 26 years behind bars. She was sentenced in 1992 to 25 years to life for the murder of her husband Bruce.

Prosecutors said Laurie Kellogg convinced a group of teenagers to plot and then ultimately shoot and kill her husband at a cabin on Cayuga Lake.

The shocking murder made headlines across the nation and was even turned into a made-for-TV movie called “Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg.” The movie aired on ABC in 1994 starring Jennie Garth as Laurie Kellogg.

The movie portrayed Laurie Kellogg as a naive teen who met Bruce at the age of 16 and was later sold to Bruce by her father for $500. The movie claimed Laurie was regularly abused by Bruce leading up to the slaying.

Kellogg was convicted on charges of murder, manslaughter, burglary, and criminal use of a firearm in the shooting.

In papers justifying her release, a parole board said Laurie Kellogg has been a model prisoner, adding that she “has maintained a generally positive disciplinary record and have not had a serious disciplinary incident in more than 8 years.”

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