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Topic: Woman Freed After 32 Yrs For Murder She Didnt Do
Posted By: tatee
Subject: Woman Freed After 32 Yrs For Murder She Didnt Do
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 3:59pm
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Mary Virginia Jones Released From Prison After 32 Years For A Crime She Didn’t Commit

mary virginia jones

Overjoyed family members greeted 74-year-old Mary Virginia Jones when she http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-woman-released-from-prison-after-20140325,0,2846759.story#ixzz2wyYbaxXB" rel="nofollow - stepped out of the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California at 11 pm, Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported. The last time she was out as a free woman was when Ronald Reagan had just taken oath as the President of the United States. The innocent grandma had spent 32 years of her life in prison for a murder she didn’t commit.

Virginia had been serving a life sentence at the Lynwood facility for her alleged role in a murder committed by her boyfriend Mose Willis back in 1981. Mose, who was sentenced to death died while on death row. Virginia on the other hand was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

It was cries of ‘Thank you Jesus!’ and ‘Hallelujah’ that http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2588573/Grandmother-74-released-prison-serving-THIRTY-TWO-years-murder-committed-abusive-boyfriend.html" rel="nofollow - greeted people assembled at the Los Angeles courtroom where Judge William C. Ryan finally pronounced Virginia to be freed, the Daily Times reports. The family that included Virginia’s daughter Denitra Jones-Goodie, couldn’t control their emotions and sobbed. Denitra later told reporters she had lost all hopes of seeing Mary as a free woman who had been in the past subjected through four separate trials, one reversal of appeal and two hung juries. “She never should have been incarcerated in the first place, but she’s free, thank God,” Jones-Goodie said.

Virginia Mary Jones during her hearing

Virginia Mary Jones during her hearing

Earlier, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office reviewed the case and agreed to set aside her convictions if she pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter. Virginia, using a magnifying glass to read her plea in the courtroom said, “I did not willingly participate in this crime, but I believe entering a no contest plea is in my best interest.”

The crime leading to Virginia’s arrest and the subsequent sentencing happened back in 1981 when Jones’ abusive boyfriend kidnapped two drug dealers and forced Jones to drive to an alley. He killed one of the dealers there while Virginia, who feared for her own life escaped from there – only to be arrested days later for the “crime” she had committed. All through her trial, Virginia maintained that Willis had forced her to do things at gunpoint. None of the subsequent trials took into account the fact that she has a history as a battered victim – directing attorney, Heidi Rummel, of the told reporters. It also took four excruciatingly long trials for the jury to reach her conviction.

A young Virginia Mary Jones from a portrait provided by her family

A young Virginia Mary Jones from a portrait provided by her family

If Mary has anybody to be thankful to, it has to be the students from UCLA’s Post-Conviction Justice Project who challenged Virginia’s conviction. Their argument in favor of Mary was the fact that the jury that convicted her never heard testimony on the effects of what was then known as Battered Women’s Syndrome. Had they done so, Virginia would have never been convicted. UCLA Student Laura Donaldson told reporters, “the procedural history of Mary’s case gave me a greater appreciation for the pitfalls of the justice system.”

Denitra Jones-Goodie with the law students of UCLA who strived to facilitate Virginias freedom

Denitra Jones-Goodie with the law students of UCLA who strived to facilitate Virginia’s freedom

Do you think Mary Virginia Jones was wronged by the justice system of the United States who had in the past also had the case of http://www.inquisitr.com/1168854/glenn-ford-death-row-inmate-exonerated-after-30-years/" rel="nofollow - Glenn Ford , a death row inmate who was exonerated after spending 30 years in prison?


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Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 4:01pm
sigh


Posted By: tatee
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 4:30pm
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Earlier, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office reviewed the case and agreed to set aside her convictions if she pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter. Virginia, using a magnifying glass to read her plea in the courtroom said, “I did not willingly participate in this crime, but I believe entering a no contest plea is in my best interest.”



they had her plea no contest so that she couldnt sue the state.


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 4:39pm
Lord have mercy . Cry


Posted By: rell85
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 4:45pm
Sad, least she get to spend her last years with family.


Posted By: missunfoolish
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 4:45pm
damn


Posted By: Wildfire
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 4:47pm
so nothing comes of this? i'd kill some mofos and go back. at least this time it would be justified. smdh


Posted By: Midna
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 5:01pm
Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

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Earlier, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office reviewed the case and agreed to set aside her convictions if she pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter. Virginia, using a magnifying glass to read her plea in the courtroom said, “I did not willingly participate in this crime, but I believe entering a no contest plea is in my best interest.”



they had her plea no contest so that she couldnt sue the state.


Salt in her wounds. Ouch

This woman needs proper compensation for the hell she has been put through.

She's so old. That's a huge chunk of her life- gone! Over a crime she never committed.


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 5:34pm
god bless amurrica


Posted By: tatee
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 6:01pm
Originally posted by afrokock afrokock wrote:

god bless amurrica


you spelled it wrongErmm

theres three K's


Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 7:15pm
LOL Yeah afro.  Get it right.  Show some respect for our justice system's clever treatment of the condition called being black.  


Posted By: ShadyLady
Date Posted: Mar 26 2014 at 7:28pm
Dang, she cleaned up nice.

I can't even imagine...


Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Mar 27 2014 at 1:33am
I'm not surprised that she and Glenn Ford were black.

Glenn Ford was freed due to http://www.innocenceproject.org/know/" rel="nofollow - The Innocence Project .
When I am rich, I plan in donating loads of money to help them pay for all the expenses that it takes to find a way to free those people wrongly accused of something.


Posted By: ms_wonderland
Date Posted: Mar 27 2014 at 2:03am
even though this was a life sentence, this is why I decided that I'm against capital punishment under any circumstance.  it's not worth it if even 1 innocent life is taken.  killing the truly guilty does not do enough to help anyone, especially when it takes like 20 yrs to execute them anyway.  I hope she can find some peace.



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