Man on Early Release Accused of Murder


DECATUR-He was released "early" from prison as part of the state's "good behavior - early release program"

Now a Decatur man is charged with a murder -- three months after his release.

Out of 16 hundred inmates released early, through a state program Joshua Jones is the only one to be charged later with a violent crime.

Jones was arrested for the fatal shooting of 22 year old Marvin Perry on August 17th.

But just three months earlier jones had been released from prison. He had served just 19 months out of a four year sentence for dealing drugs.

Those four years cut in half for good behavior. On top of that, he got another five months shaved off in supplemental credit for behaving while in prison.

It's part of the state's good behavior release program, called the Supplemental Sentence Credit program, that allows non-violent offenders to have shorter sentences.

A spokesperson for the department says they followed the rules.

"This is not some program where we willy nilly let people go," says IDOC Director of Communications Tom Shaer. "This rewards good behavior and is only available to non-violent offenders. Jones had never committed a violent crime, he was not a problem while in prison, if so, he wouldn't have been eligible for the five months extra credit that he got."

Although jones was never convicted of a violent crime, he had been charged with armed violence in 2012. He reportedly ran from police while carrying a semi automatic handgun. Those charges were dismissed,and he pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Back in 2009, he'd been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly carrying a handgun in a vehicle, but those charges were reduced to a misdemeanor.

He's currently being held in the Macon County Jail on no bond. If convicted of murder, he faces twenty to 60 years in prison plus an additional 25 years to life for using a gun.  

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