DENVER (CBS4) – A woman who confessed to killing her lover’s wife had her prison sentence commuted Friday by Gov. Bill Ritter.

Jennifer Reali was sentenced to life in prison in 1992. She says Brian Hood convinced her to murder his wife, saying it was the only way they could be together.

Ritter commuted her sentence because Hood, Reali’s co-defendant, was convicted of a lesser crime and sentenced to less time in prison. Ritter felt there was injustice in the case, as well as some imbalance.

“‘Sorry’ — I don’t like that word because it doesn’t fit the enormity of this tragedy,” Reali told CBS4’s Jodi Brooks in an exclusive interview.

For the first time in nearly 2 decades Reali can think about freedom.

“I was jumping up and down and acting like a 5-year-old and started crying,” she said when she heard the news.

She will be eligible for parole later this year, 19 years earlier than expected. Parole eligibility will come on the same day as Hood’s.

“If he’s no different a man than when we fell, then he’s still dangerous as far as I’m concerned,” she said. “But who am I? I’m in prison.”

Reali says she has changed.

“I’m not the woman I was 20 years ago.”

She says she wants to get out of prison and help other women, but she knows she will always be a convicted murderer.

“I was born in 1962 and I don’t know when I’m going to die and the dash in between those doesn’t just say convicted murderer. There’s a lot of other stuff that defines who I am.”

She’s just thankful Ritter is giving her a chance at freedom.

“I won’t let him down, I promise. I will be what I say I’m going to be and do well.”

She may be able to leave prison before she is even eligible for parole because she potentially has the option to go to a halfway house.

Comments (15)
  1. alarpekS says:

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  2. Paul says:

    I write to Jenifer all the time and try helping with letters and cards. She’s a good person.

  3. omar says:

    jen ,god bless you ….if i can help write me …

  4. omar says:

    omar …new york
    hello jen, i been praying for you ,i hop you get out soon because i think you deserve another chance and i can be there for you to talk and help.

  5. Mike says:

    Are you people nuts? She murdered a woman in cold blood. I don’t care what Brian had over her. It’s called personal responsibility.

  6. Lori says:

    I pray for Jennifer’s release. She deserves another chance, she’ll face God in the end and He is most forgiving. I can understand what she went through! God bless you honey!

  7. Sholonde Allen says:

    God bless you Jennifer. Don’t allow negative people steal your joy! God forgives and so should we. We are all guilty of something. Be strong in the Lord and the power of his might. If I can help you, contact me @

  8. Dennis Bailey says:

    To the person who made the comment that they are upset that jenifers sentence has been reduced, go get a tissue and cry me a river. Mr hood got a weak person to do what he wanted to do himself. I say take your release and do some good you have the potential to do good. May you excel in whatever you endavor from here on out and hopefully your chrildren will be excited to be part of your life again.

    Best Wishes


  9. Bethany Mooring says:

    Jennifer, my heart goes out to you and believe it or not, I can see how you were led down this path. If you didn’t learn anything else in prison please tell me that you and you alone are responsible for the decision in your life. I would have no problem going to breakfast with you when you are out (geography) will probably prevent that. But think through every decision you mske and don’t let any man run your life. Good luck Jennifer. Oh and I have lupus and despite what Brian may have told you about the disease, yes it is bad and I have good and bad days. Take time to think before you every take the good one away from a selfish husband.

  10. Maggie Shepard says:

    I’m disgusted that the sentence was commuted. Jennifer Reali had a husband and children and thought no more of them than she did of her victim or her victim’s family. Hopefully her children are far away from her when she is released. She chose to have an affair and had numerous opportunities to not murder someone. She may be a changed person – but so are a lot of people that are doing time. That doesn’t mean they should be released.

  11. Dianna Mills says:

    hi jen is there an address or email address that i can write to you your story touched me alot. regards Dianna Mills

  12. John Anderson says:

    Hi Jennifer…Teach yourself to be independent…Get a restraining order on Brian Hood…Stay with your parents….Stop trying to please men….Do not rush into love….Get your life stable first.

  13. Noor Al khatib says:

    hi jennifer i am happy to hear you are being given a chance at life again. to all the women who have been abused don’t fall into the same situation. Kia Kaha (be strong) i nearly did many years ago.

  14. George Jones says:

    can you tell me Jennifer Realis address

  15. George Jones says:

    Can you tell me where Jennifer Reali is currently incarcerated?

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