Florida City, Florida -- A convicted killer is getting her first taste of freedom in 15 years.
Valessa Robinson is making her way to Mississippi after walking out of a prison in South Florida just a few hours ago.
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Robinson, a teenage murderer, is now a 30-year-old woman -- and free.
A staff member at the Homestead Correctional Institution in Florida City confirmed she was released just after midnight, early Friday morning. Her inmate record with the Florida Department of Corrections, for the first time in a decade and a half, lists her as not in custody.
Valessa was just 15 years old when she murdered her mother Vicki in Carrollwood in 1998. Valessa's boyfriend, Adam Davis, was given the death penalty for stabbing her.
Valessa got a 20-year sentence on 3rd degree murder charges for her involvement in the murder. She was released early for good behavior.
During Valessa's more than 15 years in prison, she got her GED, taught aerobics, trained animals, and developed an interest in nutrition.
That's a career she may explore when she goes home with her father to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Her father was reportedly the one driving to the prison in South Florida to pick her up.
Valessa says she's saddened by the negative public reaction surrounding her release. She feels as though this is now behind her; she's a free woman and wants to start a new life and enjoy that freedom.
Valessa's ex-boyfriend, Adam Davis, awaits execution on death row.
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