COCOA BEACH, Florida – A sister and brother who were convicted of murder at age 12 and 13 will be released from prison this week, according to ABC News.
Curtis and Catherine Jones, now 29 and 30 years old, respectively, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1999 killing of Nicole Speights, their father’s girlfriend.
The siblings were given an 18-year sentence and will now be on parole for the rest of their lives.
At the time of their trial, the two children were the youngest people in U.S. history to ever be tried and convicted as adults for first-degree murder.
According to the children, they were being sexually abused by a relative. When they asked their father and Speights for help, they were ignored and plotted to kill her, their father and their abuser.
After killing her, they got nervous and didn’t kill the others.
Curtis became an ordained minister while in jail and Catherine married a pen pal.
“Of course there are fears, mainly because there’s so much I must learn to function like a normal person: how to drive, fill out job applications, text, dress for a job interview, build my credit,” Catherine wrote in a letter to Florida Today in 2014.
Catherine is set to be released on Aug. 1 and Curtis is scheduled to be released on July 28.