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Woman Freed After 31 Years in Prison

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on April 16, 2014 · 0 comments

in California Law, Los Angeles, Murder, Orange County

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santa ana criminal defense attorneyA California woman is free after serving a 31-year sentence for a 1981 killing she was forced to take part in. Mary Virginia Jones had been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the crime.

In 1981, Jones was convicted of first-degree murder for a killing committed with her boyfriend, who was also convicted and died while on death row. Mose Willis kidnapped two men after a fake drug deal and drove them to an alley where he shot them both. One man died. Jones was in the driver’s seat. She later fled to a friend’s house, fearing for her life.

Law students from the University of Southern California’s Post-Conviction Justice Project took up her case, arguing that if the jury had heard evidence on “intimate partner battering,” also known as battered woman’s syndrome, she never would have been convicted. Prosecutors agreed to a new investigation, and a review of the facts led to a revised charge of involuntary manslaughter. A judge ruled that 74-year-old Jones had served much more than the 11-year sentence for that crime and ordered her freed.

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