Woman acquitted of killing MU professor granted more freedom

Tonda Ansley
Tonda Ansley

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HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton woman acquitted by reason of insanity for gunning down a Miami University professor has been granted more freedom.

In a hearing Wednesday in Butler County, a judge ruled Tonda Ansley can now have unsupervised visits outside the mental health hospital where she receives treatment.

The judge heard testimony from three doctors, all saying more freedom wouldn't present a threat to the community and that Ansley's delusional disorder is now in remission.

Ansley confessed to shooting Sherry Lee Corbett in 2002, and also had plans to kill her husband, a psychiatrist and another man.

Her attorney says the goal is to get her back in the community.

"Because she has been found not guilty by reason of insanity she has that ability to go back into the community as long as she earns it and that's what she's done, we're talking about and individual who up until the say that she committed this offense, she had never been treated by a doctor," said Melynda Cook, Ansley's attorney.

One stipulation to the judge's ruling is that Ansley is prohibited from being in Hamilton or in the state of Pennsylvania, where her intended victims live.

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