Colorado Springs' 'fatal attraction killer' denied full parole

Published: Oct. 27, 2016 at 8:41 AM MDT
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Jennifer Reali, known as the "fatal attraction killer" in one of Colorado Springs' most notorious murder cases, was denied parole once again, a Colorado State Parole Board official said Wednesday.

A full board voted Friday to defer her release for at least another year, the official said. The meeting was closed to the public.

Reali will have another try at parole in October 2017.

The full-board consideration placed Reali further along in the parole process than her two previous attempts in 2014 and 2015, when she was denied release in her initial meetings with a panel.

On the night of Sept. 12, 1990, the then 28-year-old Reali - dressed in camouflage fatigues and a ski mask - shot and killed Dianne Hood, the mother of three and wife of Reali's lover, Brian Hood, outside a lupus support meeting in Colorado Springs. Reali testified that Hood persuaded her to commit the murder through Bible verses, saying it was "God's plan."

Their plan called to make it look like a robbery. Reali shot Dianne Hood twice before leaving with her purse.

Reali received a life sentence after being convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. However, Gov. Bill Ritter commuted her sentence in 2011, making her eligible for parole.

Brian Hood was convicted of second-degree murder and conspiracy.

On Oct. 11, Reali pleaded with a two-member panel to grant her more freedom during a public parole hearing, saying that she wanted to "give back to a society that I wounded so badly."

After spending more than two decades in prison, the 54-year-old Reali is serving a sentence through the Intensive Supervision Parole Inmate program, or ISPI - which affords her an unshackled life with an apartment in Denver and work at a nonprofit ministry called World Impact.

Asked to name the differences between parole and ISPI, Reali told the panel members earlier this month that she'd have fewer mandatory drug tests, no curfews and freedom to go to "more places."