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Son of convicted killer writes book about reconciling with mom

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A local man lived without his mother for 25 years while she was on Tennessee's death row.

For Stephen Owens, forgiveness didn't come easily.

"I know when I walked out of visiting mom for the first time in 2009, I walked with a lighter step," said Stephen Owens. "That's when I realized the burden I had been carrying."

Gaile Owens and her son spoke at Lipscomb University on Thursday night.

Gaile Owens said she suffered years of abuse from her husband and she was convicted of hiring a hitman to kill him.

Eventually former Gov. Phil Bredesen commuted her sentence and Gaile Owens was released.

Stephen Owens has written a book titled Set Free, detailing his mother's incarceration and his struggle to rebuild his relationship with her.

"I think when we can't forgive we walk with a heavy burden and sometimes we don't realize," said Gaile Owens. "Stephen and I have learned together that we don't realize the burdens we have carried until we have been able to let them go."

Gaile Owens was released in 2011 and said she's enjoyed working and spending time with her family and grandchildren since then.

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