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A Johnstown woman who served nearly 20 years in state prison for convincing her teenage lover to kill the father of her children in 1999 was released on parole Sunday, according to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. 

Michelle Lee Clark was 32 when she was sentenced in 2001 by now-President Judge Norman Krumenacker III to serve 12 to 30 years in state prison on criminal solicitation and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse charges. 

Robert Hudson was 15 when he was charged for the March 11, 1999, fatal shooting death of Robert Hawks in the Moxham section of Johnstown and pleaded guilty on Feb. 22, 2000, to third-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.  

Police accused Clark of manipulating Hudson into murdering Hawks due to the sexual relationship she had with Hudson. 

According to The Tribune-Democrat archives, Hudson testified at a preliminary hearing in 2000 that Clark threatened to end their affair if he didn’t help her get rid of Hawks. 

“I didn’t want to leave her,” Hudson testified. “At that point, I was in love.” 

An order to release Clark on parole says she was released from SCI-Cambridge Springs on Sunday to AMiracle4Sure Inc. in Harrisburg, a nonprofit agency that provides transitional housing for those recently released from incarceration. 

Clark will be mandated to comply with several conditions upon her release, including regular contact with state parole supervision staff and payment of any fines, court costs and restitution ordered at sentencing. 

In 2017, Hudson’s bid for clemency was unanimously rejected by the state pardons board. 

Hudson, now 35, is currently housed at SCI-Benner Township, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He’s serving a sentence of 25 to 50 years. 

Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan traveled to Harrisburg to testify in opposition of his early release. 

Callihan said she would support his release when he’s served his minimum sentence.

​Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.