Andrew L. Urban.
You will be caught. You will be charged. You will be convicted. You will be heavily sentenced. But you can shave years off your sentence.
One of you will be charged with murder – your lawyer can argue for manslaughter. The other will be charged with being accessory to murder/ manslaughter.
In sentencing, the judge will take into account all of the factors, not least that you stayed silent while an innocent woman was convicted of murder, robbed of her liberty, her good name, her future – all on top of losing her partner.
But the judge would also take into account the fact that you gave yourselves up and corrected the injustice, enabled the wrongfully convicted woman to be released from prison and saved everyone the trauma and expense of a) the upcoming appeal, and b) an unnecessary trial.
Do it; get a lawyer and go to the police, confess and ask for the mercy of the court.
You would shave years and years off your sentences. You have nothing to lose now. What’s more, you would help your own families and loved ones avoid the trauma of the alternative …. You can finish your lives and go to your graves as scum or as redeemed men. Your choice.
(Bob Chappell was murdered on Australia Day 2009. Sue Neill-Fraser has been convicted of the murder but is appealing (again) after an eye witness, Meaghan Vass, admitted to the court that she had witnessed the murder and cleared Neill-Fraser of the crime.)