WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- A North Carolina man whose case made history when the state Supreme Court ruled that drunk drivers cannot face first-degree murder charges is being released from prison.
Thomas Richard Jones pleaded guilty in 2003 to two counts of second-degree murder in the 1996 accident that killed two 19-year-old Wake Forest University students.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the 54-year-old Jones has finished his sentence and is being released Wednesday to live in Iredell County under supervision. State Correction Department spokesman Keith Acree says Jones will not be able to drive or go into a bar and is subject to random drug testing.
Jones was the first driver in North Carolina to be convicted of first-degree murder in an impaired-driving case in 1997. The state Supreme Court later overturned his conviction.