SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has commuted the sentence of a woman that experts believe was suffering from postpartum depression when she killed her two children more than two decades ago.

Quinn on Friday commuted Debra Lynn Gindorf’s life sentence to 48 years. Gindorf attorney Kathleen Hamill says she’s eligible for immediate release on parole because she’s served 24 years and can qualify for good conduct time.

The 45-year-old Gindorf was found guilty but mentally ill in the 1985 slayings of 23-month-old Christina and 3-month-old Jason. She tried to kill herself and the children but she survived the blend of alcohol and sleeping pills.

Quinn spokesman Bob Reed declined comment.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s office had supported clemency for Gindorf.


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