Netflix’s ‘I Am A Killer’ is a docuseries that features different prison inmates to tell the story of their background, their crime, and their time in prison. The stories of these inmates shed light on many aspects about why someone commits a crime. We see that these people’s actions are often a result of injustices they have experienced over the years. A second season episode features one such person. We meet Cavona Flenoy, who speaks about the guilt she feels for the murder she committed, while also talking about how the system failed her time and again and led her to the life she’s living now. If you are curious about where she is now, we’ve got you covered.
How Did Hassan Abbas Die?
Cavona Flenoy and Hassan Abbas met on March 9, 2010. He picked her up in his car and before going out somewhere, he said he wanted to go back and freshen up since he’d just come from work. Flenoy agreed to take Flenoy with them to Platte County in Missouri. They crossed state borders from Kansas City. Abbas tried to sexually abuse her once she got there. Unbeknownst, Abbas had just purchased a gun and it was in her bag. He was shot in the chest and face. He ran after her and she fled in his car.
Later that evening, the police were notified by Abbas’s roommate who reported that he was lying on the floor covered in blood. He died from his injuries after he was taken to the hospital. The cops found out about Flenoy from Abbas’s friend and found her three days later. They’d also found one of her shoes in his bedroom, along with his car and wallet still in her possession. They also found that she’d tried to use his credit card to get gas for the car, and a day earlier had purchased a gun for $100. This made Flenoy a strong case, as well as the things she wrote on a notepad that was given to her during questioning.
Cavona Flenoy, Where are you now?
Cavona Flenoy, currently in Chillicothe Correctional Center Livingston, Missouri, is serving her sentence. She had pleaded guilty and her case was not brought to trial. She was sentenced at twenty-five for second-degree murder, twenty-five for armed crime action, and five to each for stealing motor vehicles and the theft credit card. All sentences will be served simultaneously. When she turns forty, and has served 20 years in prison, she will be eligible to receive parole.
The prosecution had initially sought to charge her with first-degree murder and get her life in prison without parole, on the grounds that Abbas’s murder was premeditated. They also put forward the argument that she’d been to his place on two previous occasions and knew that he had come around some money. The fact that she’d bought a gun before she was supposed to meet him was considered an act that pointed toward her plan. The defense brought her troubled past, where she’d faced sexual assault multiple times, to light in the hopes to soften the brunt of her punishment. Psychologist Marilyn Hutchinson testified that the abuse she’d previously suffered had caused her PTSD and resulted in a fight or flight response that triggered Abbas’ attempt to assault her, which led her to fire the gun. Flenoy purchased a gun out of fear of assault and wanting some protection for her self.
Flenoy revealed in the Netflix documentary that her counsel had advised her to avoid a trial due to the high chances of her losing. She would be charged with first degree murder and receive a much harsher sentence. A plea deal was made for her second-degree murder charge, which would have significantly reduced her sentence. Flenoy, her mother believed that the sentence would average between 8-10 year maximum. This is why they were shocked when Flenoy was given 25-years.
Flenoy hadn’t realized that by pleading guilty she was giving up the chance to take the self-defense argument for herself, even though she was warned of the same by the judge before she pled guilty, along with the consideration of her mental health problems that might have caused her to commit the crime. Her appeals for the court to reconsider her case were denied. Flenoy is blaming her counsel for failing to give her a complete picture of what it would be like to lose the chance to go on trial.
While the prosecution and the police officers who led to Flenoy’s arrest and sentencing maintain that she had planned the murder, the Netflix documentary has led a lot of people to consider Flenoy’s story, with thousands of them signing a petition demanding justice for her. As of now, there hasn’t been any more development on the justice for Flenoy front. For now, she is to serve the sentence that she’s been given.
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