The Treasure Valley chapter of the National Organization for Women is circulating petitions calling for clemency for Lyla Sepulveda.
Sepulveda is a Nampa woman convicted in April of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband. She said she shot him to protect her children after he threatened to sexually molest her 9-year-old daughter.In a statement Friday, Treasure Valley NOW President Martha Stevens said, "NOW does not see Lyla as a threat to society, and it is NOW's position that her incarceration and the subsequent placement of her five children in foster homes does not serve the best interest of the community."
Sepulveda is to be sentenced June 14. She faces up to 25 years in prison for the shooting and a companion charge of using a deadly weapon.
Canyon County Deputy Prosecutor Craig Bledsoe said he had no comment on the petition drive, which was set to kick off Saturday at Boise Towne Square mall. Bledsoe said he did not know what sentence he would seek until a pre-sentence investigation is completed.
During her trial, defense attorneys said Sepulveda, 51, was a battered wife suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, similar to combat victims.
She said she had asked her husband of two years, Ruben Rubio, 51, to leave several times in the months preceding the shooting, but each time he refused.
During the trial, Sepulveda testified Rubio was under investigation by Nampa police for allegedly molesting his 11-year-old step-daughter.
On Aug. 28, 1990, he threatened to force himself on Sepulveda's 9-year-old daughter, according to her testimony.
She later grabbed a shotgun and told him to leave. He laughed off the threat and was shot moments later, she said.