[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.
[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.

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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

Born in Haiti, she was adopted by a couple in Lafayette, Ind.

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  • by Amanda Beasley Location: Pensacola Fl on Jan 8, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    I am personally glad to hear this woman can go home and die surrounded by family who love her. Jesus forgave the murderer hanging on the cross next to his. If she is no threat to others, then there is no reason to keep her locked up away from a family who want to care for her in her last days. If any of us can "throw the first stone," then let them speak. Are the rest of us so perfect? Most prisoners are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters who made bad choices along the way. But before they were prisoners, they were mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters.
  • by MJM on Jan 6, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    Jesus was compassionate towards sinners. Read the New Testament. I'm not saying let violent people be let in the streets to do the same crimes...or worse...over and over again. But the woman is dying...what threat is she to anyone? If we all got what we "deserved" for our sins, we would all be burning in hell.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    MJM, The same bible also says to abide by the laws set forth by the government.
  • by NE Tally Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2011 at 02:36 PM
    Good point Serena. It's so unlike our gov't to do something that makes sense. Maybe there is hope for the country. I hope it doesn't put any of the Hospice nurses in danger.
  • by D,one Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    you all are missing the point, there are two victims Betesie Gallardo and the officer she bit, not to say what she did was right but having aids your whole life has got to be extremely hard on your mentality im just sorry she wanted someone to suffer the same fate, knowing the affect its going to have if the officer was infected, she knew what she went through should have made her think twice before making someone else go through the same thing..... they both are in my prayers may god bless both because only he knows what they are going thru.........
  • by jusaying on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:53 PM
    Jesus takes care of his own,,,the devil gets the rest
  • by CJ Location: Tally on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    MJM. I think the same Bible says "an eye for an eye." We're not judging her, just holding her responsible for her actions. She committed a crime against an officer and should be held accountable. She should stay in prison until she fulfils her sentence, regardless of her health problems. She was tried and convicted by a jury, sentenced by a judge and should be punished according to the law.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    MJM, You assume Stan is a Christian and has heard that story. I Assume he is an atheist and hasn't heard it.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:47 PM
    grannie, It's always the parents fault!
  • by Stan Location: NYC on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    Ah, the old "everyone makes mistakes", "nobody is perfect", blah blah to defend a violent felon. No I'm not perfect, but I've never violently attacked an innocent LE officer. Big gap between being perfect, and being a violent felon. I don't expect people to be perfect, I'm not, but I DO expect people NOT to be violent thugs who attack innocent people. But I guess I should go violently attack an inncoent person since "nobody is perfect" You bleeding hearts kill me. No responsibility, ever. It's always someone elses fault, or "everybody makes mistakes"
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