[UPDATE] Florida Parole Commission Releases Dying Inmate

By: AP
By: AP

A woman who was granted a conditional medical release from prison to spend her final weeks at an Indiana hospice has passed away.

27 year-old Betsie Gallardo lost her battle with AIDS and stage four gallbladder cancer on Monday.

Gallardo's mother says over the past few weeks, her daughter was able to visit with family and friends, walk on the beach, go out to a movie and attend church.

Gallardo received a five year prison sentence for biting a law enforcement officer and possibly transmitting the virus to her.

Gallardo's release was issued in January.
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[UPDATE] 1-5 Noon --

The mother of a dying woman serving time in prison is celebrating this morning (1-5).

The Florida Parole Commission is granting her daughter conditional medical release to spend her last days in hospice care surrounded by her loved ones.

27-year-old Betsie Gallardo is terminally ill with gallbladder cancer and isn't expected to live more than a few weeks.

The woman, who also suffers from AIDS was sentenced to 5 years in prison, charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer. Gallardo's mother says she will always be sorry for the woman her daughter injured.

"What happened to her was horrible, I mean I am not white washing that at all and I'm still really disappointed in what my daughter did you know. She's got a few more weeks to go and I'm not going to vilify her in those few weeks," Jessica Bussert, Gallardo's mother, says.

We'll have more details about the controversial case tonight on Eyewitness News.

Pictures are attached

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

The Florida Parole Commission has ordered the release from custody of a 27-year-old woman who was born with AIDS and now is dying of cancer.

The panel voted 2-1 Wednesday in Tallahassee to release Betsie
Gallardo to a Miami hospice. Last week she was moved from prison to a secure area of the Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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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