By GEETIKA RUDRA | ABC News
A nurse convicted in 1984 of killing an infant and suspected of murdering dozens more will be released from prison without completing her 99 year sentence because of an expired Texas law that grants a “mandatory release” to inmates with good behavior.
On May 14, 1984 Genene Anne Jones, now 63, was sentenced for the murder of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan in 1982 in a small-town pediatric clinic where Jones was a nurse…
Jones began injecting the child with a lethal dose of the muscle relaxant succinylcholine while the baby was still in her mother's arms…
Jones was also convicted of injuring a child in another attack in which the child survived. She was sentenced to 60 years on that conviction, but it was ordered to be served concurrently with the 99 year sentence.
Ron Sutton, the criminal prosecutor who won the murder conviction, estimates that Jones is responsible for the deaths of between 11 and 46 infants in Bexar County from 1978 and 1982.
“I was present when all the investigators were adding up the numbers and, 11 to 46… I can confirm that that's what it was,” Sutton told ABC News…
Jones will be released because of a Texas law called Mandatory Supervision. Enacted in 1977, the law allowed all convicted criminals to be automatically released on parole after they complete a certain amount of calendar time and good conduct time…(Full text at ABC News)
The release of this serial baby murderer is, of course, an outrage. And, it is especially surprising it is happening in Texas rather than California!
Of course, Texans find this at least as outrageous as the rest of us–Unfortunately, the law is the law. They didn’t like the old law so they changed it. Yet, ex post facto laws are prohibited by the Constitiution…even in Texas. So, here comes Nurse Jones.
Knowing what I do about Texas parole, and its law enforcement in general, I daresay the parolee will find herself back behind bars should she so much as spit on the sidewalk. She will be well supervised and, at the very least, unable to kill any more infants.
Professor Katz can fill in the blanks and correct me as needed but, as I understand it, Jones’ parole term is the balance of the prison term: nearly 60 years.
Parenthetically, perhaps, Genene Jones would be well advised to become an agoraphobe–It’s probably not safe for her out there! -