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Judge: State entitled to convicted multiple killer's inheritance

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Washington County judge says money inherited by a woman convicted of killing five family members 30 years ago must go toward paying her room and board in prison.

Seventy-one-year-old Shirley Marie Curry received more than $58,000 from an estate. Washington County Circuit Judge William Storey ruled yesterday that the state is entitled to the money as reimbursement for Curry's incarceration.

Storey says he'll award her attorney, Katherine Platt, a reasonable fee from the money for representing Curry.

The Arkansas Attorney General's Office sued Curry in August, saying the prison system has spent more than $270,000 to care for Curry while she's been in custody.

Curry lost custody of her oldest son July 19, 1974, to her ex-husband, Jimmy Lee Curry, after all three of her children testified against her during a hearing.

Prosecutors said Curry reacted by fatally shooting her two sons, 14-year-old Richard and 11-year-old Jesse, at her home in Lowell.

She then allegedly shot her ex-husband and her 17-year-old daughter Sabrina before driving to Springdale and killing her husband's half-sister, JoAnn Brophy.

Curry wrote more than 15 threatening letters to judicial officials while in prison.

She often referred to herself as "Thee" or "Thee of God." At one point, she threatened a plague of ice if her demands were not met.

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