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October 2, 2013

Parolee accused of murder never got ankle monitor



In Illinois, 2,735 parolees are hooked up to the type of monitor Jones should have been on.

Parolees on electronic monitoring have schedules for when they must be home, at work or somewhere else, Shaer said. If a parolee is not where he or she is supposed to be, a home-based receiver sends a signal to a corrections contractor. If the contractor determines the ex-convict is improperly out of range, parole officials are notified and can have someone search for the parolee.

How effective the monitor would have been in the Decatur shooting is unclear.

The distance between the home address Jones reported to authorities and the shooting is just over a mile — a drive of just several minutes, according to an online map of Decatur. If Jones had had permission to be away from home at the time of the shooting, prison officials would not have been alerted.

Jones, who has not entered a plea to the murder charge in Perry's slaying, has never been convicted of a violent crime. But he pleaded guilty in 2011 to the manufacturing and delivery of crack cocaine, heroin and hydrocodone in exchange for prosecutors dropping an armed violence charge because he had a gun when he was arrested. He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in 2009, but pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge and did not serve prison time.

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