Former nurse who poisoned babies may go free

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  • Genene Jones is a former nurse convicted of murder of one baby, injury to another
  • Though she was sentenced to 99 years in prison in 1985, she could go free in 2018

Nurse Genene Jones was convicted in 1985 of injecting babies with powerful drugs -- killing one and injuring another -- and given sentences of 99 and 60 years in prison for the respective crimes.

Most felt she'd never see the light of day again, but due to prison overcrowding at the time, her sentence came with "mandatory release" conditions. She's earned time off for good behavior and, as a result, she's now set for release in 2018.  

Jones could be kept in prison if a new case is brought against her.

A crime victim advocate in Houston, Andy Kahan, said he is hoping for a miracle: “To go back in time to see if there are any other cases that they might have missed, that might be stored in a filing cabinet, that might be sitting in a box somewhere that they can resurrect to keep her from being legally released,” Kahan said.

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