The two youngest people tried for first-degree murder in America’s history will be released from prison in less than two weeks, reports Fox News. In 1999, 12-year-old Curtis Jones and 13-year-old Catherine Jones murdered their father’s girlfriend, Nicole Speights.
The two children were tried as adults for first-degree murder, but later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. They were eventually sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The siblings’ original plan was to murder their father, his girlfriend and another male relative. The children said they sought revenge on the male relative that sexually abused them while their father and his girlfriend stood by and did nothing.
Curtis will be released July 28. He is now 29 years old and an ordained minister. In the past 16 years he has only spent 24 hours outside of jail.
Catherine will be released Aug. 1. During her time in prison she married a pen pal.