Faye Brown, Alford Jones Release Temporarily Halted

North Carolina's appeals court has temporarily blocked the release of two convicted murderers sentenced under a 1970s law that limited life terms.

The court clerk issued an order Monday afternoon approving a request to halt the case, but he gave no explanation. The decision gives state attorneys another chance to argue the inmates should not be set free.

Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand had ordered convicted murderers Alford Jones and Faye Brown freed earlier Monday. Their attorneys convinced Rand that sentence-reduction credits have shortened their life terms, which were defined as only 80 years when they were sentenced.

Rand had set a 5 p.m. deadline for the Department of Correction to release Jones and Brown.

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The attorney general's office is trying to block the release of two inmates sentenced to life in prison for murders here in East Carolina.

Two inmates , Faye Brown and Alford Jones, could be freed by 5:00 p.m. Monday. This after a superior court judge issued a ruling in their cases Monday morning.

Brown and Jones had hearings in Goldsboro and Raleigh, arguing they were being illegally held by prison officials. Their attorneys said the two had received years of sentence-reduction credits while behind bars. They contended the credits, combined with a 1970s law that defined their "life" sentences as only 80 years long, mean their prison terms are complete.

To read the judge's rulings, click on the links at top of story

In October, Governor Beverly Perdue said the approximately two dozen lifers could not get out early because good behavior credits did not apply to them.

Perdue told WITN News she is furious with the judge's decision and they are taking steps to get the orders stayed so the inmates cannot get out of prison later today. The governor says they will appeal the judge's decision.

The attorney general's office filed a request Monday afternoon asking the state court of appeals to halt the release until judges there can hear arguments.

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.

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  • by Celina Location: N.C on Feb 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    I think both of them should be kept in prison. I do agree with Perdue on this
  • by Janice Location: N.Y. on Jan 25, 2010 at 09:30 PM
    let that woman out,she did not kill anyone,the three had guns to rob a Bank which they did and did not harm anyone in the Bank. She is not responsible for some one else actions. Moses was a murderer and God chose him to do something good. she was a young lady then she is in her fifties now. I believe in giving second chances.
  • by Peggy Location: Edenton on Dec 20, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    To release these, or any prisoner that has been tried by a jury of his/her peers and convicted would be a failure of the justice system. IF we are only going to turn them loose, why bother spending taxpayer dollars to try, convict, house, and educate them. I am sorry, they should stay in jail for their original sentence. NO EARLY OUTS! I agree with Bev Purdue on this one! Keep them in jail.
  • by To Fed Up on Dec 17, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    Well said.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 at 04:24 PM
    to Fedup :I guess God did intervene just not the way you thought he would!!!!
  • by 35 YEAR TAXPAYER on Dec 17, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    JUDGE RIPLEY RAND is no different than these criminals. If he lets them out, maybe one of his relatives might be their next victim. We all need to remember JUDGE RIPLEY RAND at re-election time. We need to remove this criminal from office to make society a safer place!
  • by Tired of the BS Location: Martin County on Dec 17, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    Someone mentioned that we cannot retroact the law. Seems to me that the law at the time allowed the death penalty which they received. When the death penalty was removed they retroacted it and allowed them to live. Now that it is reinstated it should be carried out. That is not retroacting anything--it's just carrying out the original sentence. Seems that's what this is all about. Carrying out the law according to what was in effect at that time. Well I say do just that thing....carry out the death sentence that they originally received. Why isn't that the fair thing to do. She has been lucky to have this extension on life but now its time to complete her sentence.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Dec 17, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    As you can see, the Newly-released news article is not allowing comments. If it did, I would post this: Sure, let them go back into Society. They will find plenty of new company to get involved with. How nice; hardened Criminals released back into the general population with chips on their shoulders. Gosh, we should all feel really safe now.
  • by FedUP! Location: G'ville on Dec 17, 2009 at 05:12 AM
    I hope the families of these precious men who were vicously murdered will attend the courtdates and help keep the animals behind bars. May GOD intervene and keep them behind bars!
  • by FedUp! Location: Greenville on Dec 17, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    Data Man, your are right, Pitt County is prejudice but not as you think. Living here it seems the blacks show more hatred to the whites than whites to the blacks. But most of all this is not a RACE issue! Its an issue of what is right. I don't care if they are white, black, Latino, puirple, pink, etc..., WRONG IS WRONG! They should never get out. GOD can forgive them but they are still bound by the law of the land. They should have gotten the death penalty. NC should adopt Texas' policy and put in an express lane to death row!

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