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Nancy Kissel Doesn’t Appeal, May Apply for Transfer to U.S. Jail

Nancy Kissel, retried and convicted a second time for murdering her Merrill Lynch & Co. banker husband, seen here arriving at the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong, on Jan. 14, 2010. Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg
Nancy Kissel, retried and convicted a second time for murdering her Merrill Lynch & Co. banker husband, seen here arriving at the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong, on Jan. 14, 2010. Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Nancy Kissel, who was retried in Hong Kong for the murder of her Merrill Lynch & Co. banker husband, didn’t appeal her second conviction and may apply for a transfer to a U.S. prison, her lawyer said today.

“My understanding is that she wishes to make an application to serve her sentence in the United States,” said Kissel’s lawyer Colin Cohen. The 28-day period for Kissel to file an appeal expired on April 23.

Helen Leung, a Correctional Services Department spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail that privacy concerns prevent the department from saying whether Kissel had filed an application to be transferred.

The Hong Kong and U.S. governments signed an agreement in 1997 allowing the transfer of prisoners between the two jurisdictions. The last successful repatriation of an American prisoner from Hong Kong was in 2008, according to U.S. Department of Justice records.

Michigan-born Kissel was sentenced to life in prison in March after being convicted for murdering her husband, Robert, on the night of Nov. 2, 2003. Prosecutors said she drugged her husband, a distressed assets specialist at Merrill, with a milkshake before bludgeoning his skull with a lead ornament and hiding his body in a rolled-up carpet.

Simon Young, director of the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law, said that local authorities must state to the U.S. government the minimum time period Kissel is to serve before she can be eligible for parole.

At her sentencing, Kissel lawyer Edward Fitzgerald had asked Judge Andrew Macrae to write a letter to Kissel’s parole board about his client’s poor health and psychological distress. Cohen declined to comment on when the board may review Kissel’s case.

Kissel, 47, has already served more than six years in a Hong Kong prison.

To contact the reporter on this story: {Debra Mao} in Hong Kong at dmao5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Douglas Wong at dwong19@bloomberg.net

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