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Murder Suspect Was Released Early From Prison

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:54:16 CDT
By: AP

The Associated Press has learned the suspect in a Decatur murder is one of 1,600 Illinois inmates released early as part of the state's revamped good-behavior release program. Joshua A. Jones is in the Macon County Jail after he was arrested on suspicion of murder for the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Marvin E. Perry on Aug. 17. Jones served 19 months of a four-year sentence for drug-dealing and left prison May 3--five months early. Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer (shayr) says the rules were followed. It was the 28-year-old's first time in prison.   A revised early release plan started last spring. Gov. Pat Quinn shut down a similar one three years ago after hundreds of violent prisoners were quietly let go within days of arriving at prison.

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