Convicted Jones County murderer to be released

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County man convicted of killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend in 2001 is set to be released from prison at the end of the month.

Mike Reeves was sentenced to serve two 20-year consecutive terms with 20 years suspended, but according the Mississippi Department of Corrections is now being released on July 30 for good behavior after serving only nine years.

Reeves shot and killed his estranged wife Ellen and her boyfriend Kelly Perret after driving to Perret's home in Soso and seeing the two together.

"They claim they are letting them out for good behavior, well isn't that what you are supposed to do when you are in jail?" said Assistant District Attorney Jay Ronald Parrish. "But, no; we are going to give them a reward for it and let them out in half the time. That is a bunch of bull crap. These people out to have to serve the entire sentence I am talking about violent criminals we've got a wife murderer back here we fixing to have somebody who killed two people back here, and I don't have to even get into names; I don't care who you are I am talking about a principal that the department of corrections releasing violent criminals back to this community, and they got no business doing it and they need to stop it and the legislature needs to stop them."

Although Parrish was not a prosecutor on this case he has tried to get legislators to increase the penalties for manslaughter convictions for quite some time.

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