Woman serves 32 years after being coerced into killing by abusive boyfriend

| March 25, 2014

Mothers, fathers, please teach your daughters to be careful when choosing a mate. The “bad boy” image and fashionable ganster might look good in the beginning, especially when the money and gifts are rolling in, but can you say “Kemba Smith?”

Woman Freed After Serving 32 Years in ’81 Killing

LOS ANGELES March 25, 2014 (AP)

A 74-year-old California woman is free after serving 32 years of a life sentence for her role in a 1981 killing.

Mary Virginia Jones walked out of Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood around 11 p.m. Monday and was met by joyful family and friends, the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/Qb7UGr ) reported.

Jones was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery and sentenced to life without parole for a killing committed alongside boyfriend Mose Willis, who died while on death row.

She always maintained that the abusive Willis forced her at gunpoint to help him rob and shoot two drug dealers, one of whom died. Law students at the University of Southern California’s Post-Conviction Justice Project took up her cause.

Jones expected to be shot and killed and the subsequent trials did not take into account her history as a battered victim, the justice project’s directing attorney, Heidi Rummel, told the Times.

via Woman Freed After Serving 32 Years in ’81 Killing – ABC News.

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