Woman who killed toddler son could be getting out

In an earlier Since You Asked, you reported that Trisha Torresan, the woman who pleaded guilty to killing her toddler son, could have an early release date of March 26 due to some changes in the law. Is she really getting out? If so, is she coming back here to the Rogue Valley?

— Velda S., via e-mail

According to Oregon prison records, Trisha Marie Torresan remains a prisoner in the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, and her projected release date is listed as April 9, 2010.

Torresan was incarcerated for the beating death of her toddler son, Caleb Hearne. She pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and first-degree criminal mischief in March 2007 in Jackson County Circuit Court. She was sentenced to 31/2; years in prison after investigators determined her 2-year-old son died from a blow to the body that caused a hemorrhage to his liver and pancreas.

With credit for time served before her plea agreement, Torresan was thought to be eligible for release on May 20, 2010.

State law allows prisoners who have displayed good behavior to be released after serving only 80 percent of their sentences. New budget-cutting legislation (HB 3508) that took effect in the summer of 2009 subtracts an additional 10 percent of a prisoner's sentence for those who are eligible for early "good time" release, said Beth Heckert, chief deputy district attorney for Jackson County. That could have moved her projected early release date up to today.

While Torresan will remain on probation after her release, it is unknown if she will return to the area.

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