LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -
Whether you call her Lisa Lambert or Michelle Lambert, she's still also known as a convicted killer.
It has been some 22 years since the now 40-year old Lambert was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of 16-year old Laurie Show, whom Lambert blamed for hooking up with her boyfriend.
Her boyfriend, Lawrence Yunkin, was also convicted of taking part in the murder along with a friend of theirs named Tabitha Buck. Buck is serving a life sentence also. Yunkin served 12 years and is reportedly back in living in Lancaster County.
Lambert has not served quietly, spending much of her time appealing the sentence. And she is at it again, this time asking a federal court to reconsider her case.
The latest bid is based on claims by a prison inmate that then-prosecutor Jack Kenneff said years after the trial that Lambert was wrongly convicted.
"From my perspective, there's really almost no chance of her winning," said Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman.
He contends that not only do Lambert's claims have no merit, the claims made by the inmate have been rejected in prior appeals on both the county and state levels. Kenneff died back in 2008 before these claims were made.
"What's really offensive about this particular petition," Stedman said, "is her claim that the prosecutor who is since deceased was writing letters or making statements that the system was corrupt and that he believed she was innocent and I just know that's not true."
Author Lyn Riddle, who wrote a book on the case entitled "Overkill," said it's about time that Lambert accepts the truth.
"This is one more manipulation for Lisa Lambert...of the system, of people's lives," she said. "She has all the time in the world to sit in prison and think up all the reasons that this is someone else's fault."
Lambert has been cranking out appeals for years, but there seems little chance that she will not die in prison.
"In Pennsylvania, life does mean life," said Stedman. "You get sentenced to life, there's no possibility of parole. That's the law that she was sentenced under. That's the law of the land right now."