America’s Youngest Murder Convict Released From Prison Age 29 After 16 Years

Curtis Jones, who was 12 years old at that time, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing his father’s wife, a murder he committed with his 13-year-old sister in 1999. He was released from prison yesterday at the age of 29.


Curtis and Catherine Jones were arrested after they hatched a plot to kill a male relative they claimed had been sexually abusing them. Curtis is the nation’s youngest convicted murderer.

They planned to kill their father and his girlfriend, Sonya Nicole Speights, because they felt their cries for help were being ignored. They found themselves alone at home with Speights and decided to kill her first. But after shooting her, they panicked and ran off into woods near their Brevard County home, where they were apprehended the following morning.

Curtis Jones was released from the South Bay Correctional Facility just south of Lake Okeechobee at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Curtis had not been disciplined for any rule infractions since 2008. Curtis is now an ordained minister.

His sister Catherine Jones is scheduled to be released from Hernando Correctional Institution in a couple of weeks.

Source: Florida Today

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