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Man convicted in SDSU student Donna Jou's death to be released into county custody

Man convicted in SDSU student's death to be released from prison early
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(CBS/KFMB)SAN DIEGO - John Burgess, a sex offender about to be released after serving only two years in the death of San Diego State University student Donna Jou, will be transferred from state to county custody for up to a year - but that's not good enough for the victim's frustrated family.

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On Friday, he's to be released from state custody in Chico after serving two years of his five-year sentence. Burgess will then be taken into the custody of Los Angeles County for up to a year for failing to report Jou's death to authorities, according to CBS affiliate KFMB.

Jou's family planned a protest rally for Friday, saying the punishment for their daughter's disappearance and presumed death does not fit the level of the crime committed.

"This is a pure case of injustice," Reza Jou, Donna's father told KFMB. "Justice has not been served."

"Even if they said one year, that means in a couple of months, two or three months, they will let him go," Reza Jou told News 8.

Jou's family believes Burgess, a three-time convicted sex offender, should never be freed from prison again.

"He is going to do it to someone else," said Nili Jou, Donna's mother. "Another family is going to go through what we are going through."

"Almost four years," said Nili Jou, Donna's mother to the station, "our life is miserable, not knowing what happened."

Investigators say Burgess met Donna online in 2007. Burgess told authorities Donna died after using drugs at his home. He says he panicked and dumped her body in the ocean. Police say her body was never recovered, the station reports.

Burgess confessed to Donna's death, pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter, concealing her body and concealing an accidental death, according to KFMB.


April 12, 2011 - Man convicted in SDSU student Donna Jou's death to be released from prison early

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