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Country's Youngest Convicted Murderer Set To Be Free For The First Time Since He Was 12

The youngest convicted murderer in America will be free from prison in less than two weeks for the first time since he was 12 years old.

In 1999, Curtis Fairchild Jones, who was 12 at the time, and his older sister Catherine, who was 13, killed their father's girlfriend, Sonya Nicole Speights, Florida Today reported.

Originally it was believed that the siblings killed Speights over jealously of their father's love, but child welfare reports revealed that Speights, along with their father and a male relative who lived with them in there Port St. John, Florida, home, was accused of sexually abused the children.

The siblings had organized a plan to kill all three of them.

Catherine said that the male relative had masturbated while watching her shower as she cried. In her journal, she wrote, "I'm going to kill everybody."

She told her brother of her plan and they decided to use their father's 9mm semi-automatic that was kept in his bedroom, according to interviews and court documents.

The Department of Children and Families had acknowledged signs of sexual abuse in the home but just days before the incident occurred they closed the investigation.

The children shot and killed Speights. They then ran into woods and hid until police found them the next morning. They did not end up killing their father and the male relative as originally planned.

They were the youngest children in U.S. history to be tried as adults for first-degree murder. Facing the possibility of life in prison, they pleaded to second-degree murder and were sentenced to 18 years in prison.

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(Left: Catherine, Right: Curtis, via Florida Today)

In 2004, Curtis was briefly free from prison when he and several other inmates fled from a juvenile detention center after Hurricane Frances knocked over a fence. Due to this incident, 318 days were added to his sentence when he was caught 24 hours later.

Curtis and Catherine are now 29 and 30 years old, respectively. They will be leaving prison in two weeks.

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(Left: Catherine, Right: Curtis)

The siblings will be on probation for life and any violation of their conditions could have them sent back to prison.

The conditions include paying $50 per month toward supervision costs after the first 18 months of release, consulting probation officers before moving, and not using intoxicants in excess.

Curtis is reportedly an ordained minister, and Catherine fell in love with a pen pal, whom she married, according to Florida Today.

Sources: Daily Mail, Florida Today via ClickOrlando

Photo Credit: Florida Today


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