*I know. I know. I hate ‘that word’ MURDERERS in the title too. Especially after you see the bearers of it.
But all of that aside, Catherine Jones and her brother Curtis were 13 and 12 consecutively, when they were tried as adults and convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 after shooting and killing their father’s girlfriend in a planned murder.
According to Florida Today, 29-year-old Curtis Jones walked out of prison a free man on Tuesday, after serving 18 years. And according to the same report the Florida Department of Corrections database shows his sister, Catherine, is scheduled to be released from Hernando Correctional Institution soon. Conflicting reports say either Aug. 1 or August 30.
She will be 30 years old.
The Jones siblings had claimed to be molested by a male family member, and had made plans to kill that perpetrator, plus their father and his girlfriend. But according to a previous jailhouse interview with Catherine, after her brother shot and killed Sonya Speights, he got nervous and they both ran into the woods, and the other murders never happened.
Police found them there the following morning, according to MSNBC.
With their mother gone since 1989 because of their father’s alleged physical abuse, and no chance of reuniting with her (she told the children because they are bi-racial they could not come to live with her and their grandmother in Kansas, because they would not be accepted), according to Florida Today.
When they realized their cries for help were not being answered, after years of being ignored by family and child protective services, they organized the plan to kill the abuser, their father, and his girlfriend.
According to Catherine Jones, the male relative had watched her in the shower and masturbated while she cried. That night she wrote in her journal, ‘I’m going to kill everybody’. When Catherine shared this story with her brother, it was then that she learned he had suffered the same abuse.
The alleged abuser had been convicted of sexually abusing his girlfriend’s daughter in 1993.
An organization now known as the Department of Children and Families acknowledged signs of sexual abuse in the home but had closed the investigation days before the incident.
With their release comes a whole new set of personal challenges. As adults who have never had the opportunity to grow up in the free world; where they went to and graduated from school, learned how to drive, applied for a library card, rented an apartment; a lot of the things many of us in the “free world” may take for granted.
But believe it or not, these two siblings have found a happy ending, or beautiful new beginning. While in prison, Curtis Jones was ordained as a minister; and his sister Catherine actually found love and got married.
And it was not a fellow prisoner that she wed.
When US Navy Senior Chief Ramous Fleming (pictured with Catherine Jones below) heard about her story, they began sharing correspondence and as they say, the rest is history!
Even freedom for this brother and sister comes with a caveat: Catherine and Curtis Jones will be on probation for the rest of their lives.
Watch the video report below.
Read more about this fascinating story at Daily Mail.