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Brother Hopes Governor Will Help Free Sister From Prison

They've been convicted of murder, either first or second degree, but one Michigan group says they were victims of abusive relationships and not given a fair trial and should be set free.

Our Nick Perreault sat down with the brother of a woman whose been behind bars for almost 20 years and hopes she will finally be able to come home.

"There have been a lot of points at which it felt very hopeless," said Dan Malcolm.

At times Dan Malcolm doubted he would ever see his sister Christy Neff again outside of prison, where she's been since 1995.

"I think that she has served more than her fair share of any time that she should have," Malcolm said.

Christy was convicted of murder, after prosecutors said she helped plan the killing of her husband.

"Her ex-husband who murdered her current husband, said that he would kill her if she reported," Malcolm said.

But Christy's brother says she was the victim of abuse and terrified to go to the police.

"He confessed to the killing and he was also willing to testify on her behalf that she didn't know anything about it beforehand," Dan Malcolm said.

But Dan says that confession was not allowed in court.

"They've gone through all their appeals, they've exhausted all appeals and there are none left for them," said Carol Jacobsen Director Michigan Women's Justice & Clemency Project.

Carol Jacobsen represents a group that's asking Governor Snyder to release Christy---along with nine other women across the state from prison.

"The cases were not understood and in many cases they weren't allowed to present any evidence of abuse at all," Jacobsen said.

So for these women Governor Snyder is their final hope and the person Dan hopes will finally make the difference.

"To not just file them away and reject them without any consideration but to seriously consider them."

Consider what it will mean to families and siblings like Dan.

"Come back to our family and move on with her life and reclaim some of her life that she has left," Dan Malcolm said.

All of the ten women have appealed to be released in the past, but have been denied.

Since the program started in 1999 nine women who were convicted have been set free.

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