Nation's Youngest Convicted Murderer Released From Prison
A Florida man, once the nation’s youngest convicted murderer, was released on Tuesday from prison.
Curtis Jones was just 12 years old when he and his 13-year-old sister killed his father’s girlfriend, and he’s spent more than 15 years behind bars after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
Now 29, the prison-raised killer left South Bay Correctional Facility without fanfare at 7 a.m., Florida Today reported.
His lawyer told the paper Jones doesn’t plan to make any public statements.
Jones and sister Catherine Jones plotted and carried out the shocking murder together in 1999.
Siblings Catherine and Curtis Jones were convicted of murdering their father’s girlfriend in 1999 in Florida.
The young siblings also planned to off their father and a live-in relative, who they claimed was sexually molesting them.
The dad and girlfriend, Sonya Speights, didn’t believe the abuse claims, despite a child services investigation that found the kids were probably telling the truth, the sister claimed.
Jones has shunned media, but his sister spoke to Florida Today during a lengthy interview in 2009.
Catherine Jones, who is due to be released on Saturday, said the pair were faced with ongoing abuse and no hope for help from the people who were supposed to protect them.
So they stole their father’s pistol, and came up with a plan. Her brother served as the tiny gunman, but they were equally involved, she said.
“I actually took the fingerprints off the gun and wiped it down,” she told Florida Today.
They panicked after killing Speights, and took off into the woods near their Port St. John home only to be caught a day later.
Catherine Jones was married while in prison. Her brother was ordained a minister.