"Ladies and gentlemen, this parole has been denied."
There was little to no reaction on the outside, but plenty on the inside for Miriam Shehane. Alabama's Board of Pardons and Paroles took less than a minute to deny parole for one of the men convicted of brutally murdering her 21-year-old daughter, Quenette, almost 37 years ago.
Shehane, her family and her supporters filled the hearing room to make sure to get their message across - they did not want Jerry Lee Jones paroled.
Judge Pete Johnson, a former prosecutor in this case, spoke on behalf of Shehane.
"I think we got to do justice to Quenette, for Quenette, and for Thomas, and for Neal and that justice is that Jerry Lee Jones is not released from prison," he said.
This is the third time Shehane and her supporters have had to face a parole hearing for Jones. Shehane sees it as an injustice to have to return every five years to fight Jones's parole.
"It brings you back to square one, I mean, it never lets you talk about closure, it never lets you have closure. Never," Quenette's mother, Miriam Shehane said.
As for the inmate, it's his right to have representation at this hearing too. No one was here for Jones, who at the age of 57, has been behind bars since 1977. Of the other two men convicted of killing Quenette Shehane, Wallace Thomas was executed in 1990 and Eddie Neal was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Shehane, her family and the group vocal will be back, in about five years for Jerry Lee Jones next parole hearing in 2018.
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