America’s youngest convicted killers to be released after 18 years

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COCOA BEACH, Flor. -- America's youngest convicted murderers will be getting out of prison this week, according to ABC News.

Curtis Jones was just 12, now 29, and his sister Catherine 13, now 30, when they admitted to murdering their father's girlfriend, Nicole Speights, in 1999.


Catherine Jones, 30, Curtis Jones, 29

The siblings were both given an 18-year sentence.

According to the siblings, a male relative was sexually abusing them. When they asked their father and his girlfriend for help, they were ignored. That's when they plotted to kill all three: the male relative, their father, his girlfriend.

After they killed Speights, they got scared and decided against killing the other two.

While in jail, Curtis became an ordained minister 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.

Curtis is scheduled to be released from prison on July 28, and Catherine on August 1.

They'll spend the rest of their lives on probation.

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    • Ashley Spoelman

      What was the point of that? They were literally children when they got sentenced as adults…why couldn’t you show compassion at the sadness of them learning to live in the real world instead of being a sarcastic b about it?

      Also you’re the one with the wrong train of thought if you don’t think building your credit as soon as you can is a very very important part of being an adult!

    • KimmyJ

      Well, it may not be a criterion for you missy, but at least she understands the importance of the necessity for having good credit. Hence, once those prison doors open, good credit also opens doors. Many jobs today check your credit history to decide if they will even hire you. Any kind of roof over her head, whether is rental or ownership, will require decent credit. She’s looking at things and commented about things that she must acquire in order to be successful on the outside and you want to be sarcastic about that. Only someone who does not have good credit would make such a snide remark as you. Everything that young lady stated, with the exception of learning how to text, are necessary components she will need to be successful, gain wealth, to be independent on the outside. Again, it would take someone who understands and have obtained the value of that in order to maturely comprehend her goals.

  • Josie

    How sad that they couldn’t help them when they were just children, is their abusers in jail, who failed them. I’m sad for them and I hope they can lead a productive life.

  • Lisa

    Adults failed these two when they were kids and they should not have been given 18 years in jail but some kind of counseling and a loving safe home!!

  • Michelle Velez

    What happened to the Abuser, I GUESS HE WENT FREE! I also bet they never investigated that person, was their dad charged with Child neglect for not protecting them!! I wider all this and Kids kill mostly because they were abused.. They deserve a chance at life.

    • Trudy

      So you’re asaying every mother and father who failed to protect their child from a preditor should be charged with neglect.