S.A. residents help convicted murderer bounce back into society

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by Phil Anaya / KENS 5

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Posted on November 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 13 at 7:22 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- After spending over a decade behind bars on a murder sentence, it’s not always easy trying to bounce back into the community. However, that’s what one Texan is trying to do with the help of some San Antonio residents.

“I don’t wake up one single day without feeling shamed still held for what I did,” said Tracey Tarlton.
 
What Tarlton is referring to is her decision to shoot a man who would later die from his injuries.
 
Prosecutors said on October 2, 1999, Tarlton decided to shoot Steven Beard in Austin.
 
Beard was married to Celeste Beard. Investigators said Celeste was in a relationship with Tarlton and ordered her to kill her husband.
 
Tarlton was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for the murder.
 
Released on parole this past August Tarlton is still trying to transition back into society.
 
“It has been exciting and hopeful, but it has also been difficult because you don't have any easy access to getting a job. You don't have any easy access to renting an apartment because you have that felony status strapped on you,” said Tarlton.
 
Sunday San Antonio community members held a fundraiser for Tarlton. it was an opportunity to hear some readings from letters Tarlton wrote in prison.
 
In exchange, those who attended donated about $20.
 
Though it might not seem like a lot of money to some people, for a woman trying transition back into the community, it was very appreciated.
 
“The people who know me and know my story have been very, very supportive of me, and I would not have been able to make it without these people,” said Tarlton.

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