(KMOV) -- Scottie Thompson, 42, is already a convicted murderer. But he was let out of prison 20 years early, and just months after his release, he’s accused in another brutal murder.
But because Thompson was convicted of murder in 1989, he and other murderers are exempt from those laws. The Illinois Parole Board allowed him to get out after serving just 24 of his 45-year sentence.
“They let him out on parole and he came and stole my son from me,” said Sharon Roberts.
Roberts can’t believe her 20-year-old son, Dakota Jones, is gone.
“It’s hurting because of the way they found my child, he just through my child out there like he was nobody,” she said.
On Sunday, Jones’ body was found by fishermen on the north shore of Horseshoe Lake in Madison County. The coroner said he’d been badly beaten and his body was dumped.
On Tuesday, Thompson, a man Jones had just met, was charged for the murder.
“He was on parole from the Department of Corrections,” said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons.
Gibbons said under Illinois’ newer “truth in sentencing” laws, murderers must serve 100% of their sentence but the laws didn’t apply to Thompson.
He was let out in February 2013 and was on ankle monitor at the time of the recent murder.
“Do you think this murder could have been prevented if he had still been in prison?” asked News 4 Reporter Lauren Trager.
“I think had he still been in prison, and sentenced under the laws today, absolutely, these two would never have met,” Gibbons said.
Roberts believes the justice system failed. She said Thompson took away her son’s bright future.
“He should never have got out, they should never have released him,” Roberts said.
News 4 couldn’t reach the Department of Corrections for their comment.