Woman, 74, Freed After 32 Years In Prison For Murder She Didn’t Commit

Source: CBS News

LOS ANGELES — A 74-year-old woman was released from prison late Monday evening after serving 32 years for a murder committed by her abusive boyfriend.

Mary Virginia Jones walked out of Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood just before midnight to the tears and cheers of family and friends, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Jones was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery in a 1981 shooting death, but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Ryan set aside those convictions on Monday, reports CBS Los Angeles.

The district attorney’s office has agreed to accept a plea of no contest to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for Jones’ release. Jones has already served 11,875 days, which exceeds the 11-year maximum sentence for voluntary manslaughter.

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  • 1_teamJalen3

    Sad, just sad! So is she going to get compensation for those 11,875 days that exceeds the maximum sentence for voluntary manslaughter?!

    • CaSandra1209

      IKR. According to my calculations, she served the 11 years for involuntary manslaughter 2 times more than she should have.

  • Devante Allums

    SHE NEVER SHOULD HAVE SERVED THAT TIME IN PRISON, BUT THANKS TO GOD, SHE IS FREE!!!!!! THE SYSTEM HAS TRULY MESSED MANY PEOPLE UP.

  • 413rpd

    All things can become fuzzy with the passage of time. She plead to a manslaughter charge, i.e. she said she was guilty. This is in line with Jerry Brown’s prison population reduction and activists . Mary Virginia Jones has said she is guilty of the man’s death. I believe her.

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