Over 17k California prisoners could be released early, one convicted murderer already released

Over 17k California prisoners could be released early due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

One convicted murderer, Terebea Williams has already been released.

CBS13 reported late July, convicted murderer, Terebea Williams, was sentenced to 84 years-to-life in prison but served less than a quarter of that sentence.

Williams, 44, was convicted in 2001 of first-degree murder, use of a firearm, carjacking, and kidnapping in the death of 23-year-old Kevin “John” Ruska Jr. Confused and angry, Ruska’s sister Dena Love is now wanting justice all over again for her little brother.

“I can’t understand why this is happening at all… I always felt responsible for him, I’m the older sister,” said Love.

Terebea Williams was serving time in prison when she was released over COVID-19 concerns. (credit: Yolo County DA’s Office)

Williams held her victim Ruska at gunpoint, putting him in the trunk of his car until she shot him in the abdomen & then continued to drive 750 miles.

KTLA5 reports California state prison officials say as many as 17,600 inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus.

That’s 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up.

Among those released last week was Terebea Williams, who served 19 years of an 84 years-to-life sentence for first-degree murder, carjacking and kidnapping.

She was deemed at high medical risk for the virus, though officials couldn’t say what put her in that category

The earlier releases also are causing consternation as probation officers and community organizations scramble to provide housing, transportation and other services for inmates who may pose a public health risk because several hundred have been paroled while still contagious.

Officials have been under intense pressure to free more inmates, though officials say Corrections Secretary Ralph Diaz is likely to block some of the earlier releases.

With some inmates already released, the state’s prison population dropped below 100,000 for the first time in three decades.