John A. Torres, Florida Today, via USA TODAY

MELBOURNE, Fla. (USA Today) — By this time Saturday, Catherine Jones will be a free woman.

The 30-year-old, being held at the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Fla., is expected to be released Saturday morning after spending more than 16 years behind bars for murder — less than a week after her 29-year-old brother was released.

Catherine, and her younger brother Curtis, shot and killed their father’s girlfriend, Sonya Nicole Speights in 1999. They also had planned to kill their father and a male relative who they said was sexually molesting them. Their cries fell on deaf ears even after investigators from what is now the Department of Children and Families identified evidence of the abuse and other signs such as Catherine running away from home and the siblings acting out in school.



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