Larry Demery was slated for release in 2024. However, it seems the early parole has been pulled back. This comes after many cried out about releasing the man who murdered Michael Jordan’s father.
Back in 1993, James Jordan was inside of his red Lexus while taking a nap at a North Carolina bus stop. The luxury car was a gift from Jame’s son and Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan.
As he slept, two 18-year-olds, Larry Demery and Daniel Green, approached his vehicle. The pair robbed the 56-year old, not only taking his personal items and the Lexus but also robbing him of his life as they shot him to death.
James’ remains were recovered in a swamp 11 days later. The horrific incident made headlines for years. In 1995, Demery pleaded guilty and received 40 years while Green was handed a term of life in addition of 10 years. The former would testify against his friend by pointing Green as the shooter.
In 2008, new evidence came to light related to Demery’s sentencing and he was later re-sentenced to life, thus making him eligible for parole.
The state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission had announced in 2020 that Larry M. Demery would be released as part of an agreement in which he would take part in a scholastic and vocational program designed to prepare him for life outside prison. The initial release date was August 2023, but it was later pushed back by 12 months.
The commission said Tuesday in a news release that Demery’s “agreement has been terminated” effective immediately, giving no reason. The release said that Demery, who is serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of James Jordan in 1993, would be reviewed again for parole on or about Dec. 15, 2023.
There have been rumors that Demery may have engaged in behaviors that violated parole conditions, but that has not been confirmed at this time. It was, however, reported that the 46-year-old has had several run-ins behind bars, 19 infractions to be exact. The most recent was reportedly earlier this month.
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