Woman who killed husband leaving Oregon prison

Published On: Oct 09 2012 01:05:44 PM PDT
PORTLAND, Ore. -

Twelve years after killing her husband in a northeastern Oregon campground, Liysa Northon has left the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville.

Now 50 years old, Northon pleaded guilty in 2001 in Enterprise to manslaughter in the shooting death of Chris Northon, a Hawaiian Airlines pilot with a home in Bend.

She said she was a victim of domestic violence who defended herself. Prosecutors said she aimed to gain life insurance and other widow's benefits and property.

The story was the subject of true-crime writer Ann Rule's 2003 book, "Heart Full of Lies."

The Oregonian reports Northon married a freelance writer while in prison, and after her release Tuesday she has a new home waiting in the Eagle Creek community in Clackamas County.