Clemency Gives Woman Second Chance In Life

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former Lorain woman said that she finally has hope for the future and plans to turn her life around after she's released from prison.

Nuva Styles, 26, was facing 37 years to life behind bars for a drug conviction before Ohio Gov. Bob Taft granted her clemency.

Now Styles, who's been in prison for nine years, will get a second chance after she's released in November 2003.

Styles bought 1,000 doses of LSD from an undercover police officer in Lorain in 1994. She didn't have enough money for even 500 doses, but the officer knew the law and agreed to sell her the 1,000 doses on credit.

By buying 1,000 doses, Styles committed a first-degree felony, punishable by a penalty much harsher than if she had bought any smaller amount.

The law was changed in 1996 and today Styles' crime would be punishable by three to 10 years in prison.

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