Fran Keller Released

Fran Keller Released
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After 21 years in prison, former day care owner Fran Keller was set to be released on a personal recognizance bond at press time Tuesday. Keller and her husband, Danny Keller, were convicted in 1992 of multiple counts of child sexual abuse at their Oak Hill day care center. He, too, is expected to be released from prison, possibly next week. The Chronicle's Jordan Smith revisited the case in 2008 and 2009 and concluded that an "overzealous prosecution" and national hysteria over "satanic ritual abuse" made it impossible for the Kellers to receive a fair trial. See for the latest updates, and "Believing the Children," March 27, 2009, for the story that led to the Kellers' chance for redemption.

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