Jones could be free in two years, victims furious
Published Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:43PM EST
Earl Jones was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday, but he could be eligible to live in a halfway house in as little as 22 months -- a possibility that infuriates his victims.
"What I was hoping and (what) the victims were hoping is that there would be strict conditions on his release so that he would not be eligible for early parole," said Joey Davis, speaking on behalf of the Earl Jones Victims Organizing Committee.
For the first month of his sentence, Jones will be held at the Ste. Anne des Plaines maximum security prison, where he will undergo an evaluation.
He will likely then be sent to a medium security jail in Laval, where he could have the opportunity to follow correspondence courses, learn a trade, play sports, and have a job.
"There are jobs such as mopping the floor, peeling potatoes, working in the laundry," said his lawyer, Jeffery Boro.
Ginny Nelles is among the dozens of victims who is outraged by Jones' sentence.
She was also frustrated that the court did not allow her to read a victim impact statement at Monday's sentencing hearing.
She had prepared the statement on behalf of the Earl Jones Victims Organizing Committee.
"I do know that Earl's reckless abuse of our savings for his own personal gain and that of his immediate family has destroyed for so many their financial security and dreams. In my case alone he has stolen both my father's estate and my grandfather's estate- legacies that took years to build through careful savings and planning. Forever gone," the statement reads.
"This is what it comes down to. Earl Jones preyed on us in the most intimate and basic way: through our trust in him. He violated me, my mother and every other member in our group in way that is unconscionable. Many of Earl Jones' victims will spend their golden years as prisoners in their apartments and homes -- if they can afford to hold on to them."
Nelles also asked: "What does it take to get a 14-year maximum sentence for white-collar crime in Canada?"
Meanwhile, the Bloc Quebecois is now asking the federal government to fast-track a bill to prevent early release for white collar criminals.
The Bloc's argument is that if the Ottawa acts now, Earl Jones would be ineligible for early release.