At the age of 18, Stacey Lannert shot her father twice while he slept. He had sexually abused her from the age of 8, but the final straw came when he also began raping her younger sister. Lannert confessed and was found guilty of first-degree murder. The judge later said the mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole was severe for someone her age and somewhat surprising considering the sexual abuse by her father. At age 36, she was given a shot at redemption when the outgoing governor of Missouri commuted her sentence. Released this week, Redemption, tells Stacey’s story of how she learned to be free while living behind bars.
Stacey shared an early copy of her book with us and to say we were moved by the story is an understatement. “Powerful! Gripping! There were so many times while reading I thought – if only those adults around Stacey were trained on what to look for – it’s why we do what we do every day.”
Stacey’s story is one of horrific sexual abuse but ultimately one of tremendous triumph. Redemption is a truly inspiring account of one woman’s victory over the tremendous trauma of abuse.
Stacey is a living example of someone who has truly walked from Darkness to Light and we honor her for sharing her story and for her amazing courage.