Medrano, in a handwritten letter to Judge Higgins stamped March 23, asked leniency for Hartless, 10tv.com and the Advocate report. Her letter, in part, read:
"I have always intended to work with and help Tom with his anger issues...I never intended Tom to be jailed for his actions, rather, it was a cry for help.
"I am not trying to validate why he acted the way he did," she wrote. "Tom has a severe mental disorder.
With intense therapy, medication compliance and lifestyle changes, I am most confident we can and will overcome our struggles.
"Please allow me to elaborate my stance in its simplicity. Tom would never abandon me if I were to fail to an incapacitating condition. He would provide my needs. This is why I continue to love and support him."
Higgins ordered the early release 20 days later.
10tv.com reported Tuesday that Medrano went to police May 5 to report that Hartless had beaten her twice more and that she feared for her life. That case was under review May 12, for the filing of formal charges, when Hartless killed her and the others.
The review of the early release has been ordered to identify the reason why the order was granted.
Higgins said the results of that review will be made public.
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