Genene Jones, the former pediatric nurse who is said to have killed around 60 babies in the 1970s and 1980s, was up for parole today (denied) and is set to be released no matter what in three years.
Jones, who is known as the “Angel of Death”, killed what’s believed to be as many as 60 babies by giving them an overdose of various muscle relaxers and medications. Jones was initially convicted of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan’s murder in 1985 and sentenced to 99 years in jail, but not long after, she was sentenced to an additional 60 years in prison for killing another baby with heparin, a blood thinner.
Jones has reportedly applied for parole 12 times since going to jail, but she’s so far been denied each time. She was denied parole again today, but that means little seeing as the serial killer is set for a mandatory release in 2017. The mandatory release is due to overcrowding laws in Texas.
“She's probably going to be the first serial killer in this country's history to be legally released,” said Houston crime-victim advocate Andy Kahan, according to USA Today.
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Despite the chance at parole and the eventual mandatory release, prosecutors are working to try and have Jones convicted of other possible crimes so that the mandatory release will be overturned and she will spend the rest of her life in jail.
“This is an individual who should never be out of prison,” District Attorney Susan Reed said.
The parole board will decide whether or not to grant Jones parole next week.