LOOKING FOR PAROLE?: Sentenced to 26 years in prison for arranging her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci’s murder in 1995, Patrizia Reggiani could perhaps soon be a free woman — sort of. After 16 years behind bars, the term would officially expire in three years, given Reggiani’s good conduct in prison. A Milan judge is evaluating the request of Reggiani’s lawyer, who has asked for the sentence to be suspended, allowing Reggiani to work as a consultant for Italian costume jewelry and accessories firm Bozart, according to media reports.

It would represent a change of mind for Reggiani, who two years ago showed no interest in the “semifreedom” she was eligible for by Italian law, which required holding down a part-time job. At the time, Reggiani said: “No, thank you. I’ve never worked in my life.” It is no secret that Reggiani, often referred to as the “black widow” or the “dark lady,” has always been fond of designer frocks and precious baubles.

This story first appeared in the September 18, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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