74-year-old woman released from prison after 32 years for murder she didn’t commit
CALIFORNIA — A 74-year-old woman will leave her prison cell today after spending 32 years behind bars for a murder committed by her abusive boyfriend, a judge ruled Monday.
Mary Virginia Jones, 74, was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery in a 1981 shooting death.
She was serving a life sentence for driving the getaway car, while her boyfriend committed murder, kidnapping and robbery.
Recently, Law students at USC’s Post-Conviction Project argued Jones would not have been convicted if the jury had heard testimony on the effects of intimate partner battery, previously known as “Battered Women’s Syndrome.”
The District Attorney set aside her convictions in exchange for a no-contest plea. Jones will be credited for time served.
Jones has already served 11,875 days, which exceeds the 11-year maximum sentence for voluntary manslaughter.
Jones’ boyfriend at the time, Moose Willis, who was sentenced to death, died while on death row.