High Court To Hear 'Life' Sentences Case

North Carolina's highest court will hear arguments next month about two convicted murderers from Eastern Carolina who argue that the life sentences they received in the 1970s are now complete.

Officials said Thursday that the state Supreme Court has scheduled arguments in the cases of Alford Jones and Faye Brown for Feb. 16. A lower-court judge ruled in December that both Jones and Brown should be immediately set free, and state lawyers have appealed.

Brown has been in prison for the 1975 murder of Trooper Tom Davis in Martin County. Jones was convicted for the death of William Turner Sr. of Kinston during an attempted robbery that also happened in 1975.

Dozens of convicts sentenced to life between 1974 and 1978 received terms defined as no more than 80 years long. Jones and Brown contend sentence-reduction credits mean they've completed their time behind bars.

State attorneys claim the credits they've received behind bars should not be used to reduce their prison terms.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by carl Location: greenville on Jan 29, 2010 at 02:58 AM
    they should have fried them years ago, and we wouldn't be having this conversation. do the crime, do the time.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    Newflash people there are alot of murderers walking around. Why should this be any different than drinking and driving and causing death? Alot of those people are still walking around living their lives. And plus I know a guy that is out of jail and he murdered his girlfriend 20 years ago. Tell him he needs to go back to jail.
  • by Still no justice Location: USA on Jan 28, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    What can they do to earn enough credits to be released decades early? The victim's families work and pay taxes to feed and house the same people that killed their loved ones, and these criminals get to earn credits to get out early. This isn't Chucky Cheese, there should be no rewards for the convicted. Sounds like the victim's families are getting shafted twice. These crooks do not need a second chance, their victims didn't get one. Once again, the laws benefit the guilty and punishes the innocent. Second thought, let them out and let the victim's families have some private, one-on-one time with them.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2010 at 02:56 PM
    If you take a life why should you think you are anymore deserving to be free and walk around? Who exactly do these murderers think they are? Do YOU want them as your next door neighbors? I DO NOT!!!
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