Parole Board Denies Sentence Reduction for Abused Mother Serving 30 Years

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously against Tondalo Hall's application for a commuted sentence. She faces 30 years in prison for permitting child abuse, while the abuser was jailed for just two years and now walks free, NewsOK reports.

Robert Braxton Jr. pled guilty to breaking the ribs and femur of their 3-month-old daughter in December 2006 and served two years in prison. Although there was no evidence presented showing that Hall, who was also violently abused by Braxton, had harmed the child, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for failing to protect the child against Braxton.
"Despite my failures, I did not physically abuse my children. I was an active parent and proud mother. I loved and cared for my children and would appreciate the opportunity to watch them grown up," Hall wrote in her application.

UltraViolet, a national advocacy group, had garnered 70,000 signatures in a petition demanding the board pardon Hall. “The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board had the responsibility to make things right and they failed with today’s decision,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet.
Hall is not eligible for parole until 2030 and her sentence is up in 2034