The Record On Melvin Lorenzo Jones

March 22, 1993

The following is a 14-year chronology in the life of Melvi Lorenzo Jones, the suspect in the murder of Sister MaryAnn Glinka, based on records from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services:

May 1, 1979: Jones is tried on a charge of first-degree murder in Guilford County Superior Court in High Point, N.C., eventually pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in return for a 20-year sentence.

Nov. 27, 1986: Jones escapes from the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

Feb. 12, 1989: Jones is charged by Baltimore police with burglary, destruction of property, possessing a deadly weapon and drug paraphernalia, assault and felony theft. Jones was found guilty of the theft charge, but no information was available on the other charges or the sentence he received.

March 3, 1989: Jones is arrested on charges of burglary and felony theft in a break-in at the Franciscan Sisters Motherhouse at 3725 Ellerslie Ave. Those charges were dropped.

Aug. 4, 1989: Jones enters the Maryland prison system, to serve four years for burglary.

Oct. 4, 1990: Maryland authorities hand over Jones to North Carolina to face escape charges from 1986.

Jan. 23, 1991: In North Carolina, Jones is convicted of the 1986 escape. A one-year sentence is added to his 20-year term for manslaughter.

Sometime after January 1991: Jones is released on parole in North Carolina. The date of his release could not be ascertained yesterday.

Dec. 29, 1992: North Carolina authorities contact Maryland officials, asking for Jones to be sent to them for parole supervision. North Carolina's request cites the "interstate compact," a binding and reciprocal nationwide agreement that allows paroled offenders to be returned to their home states for ++ supervision.

Feb. 4, 1993: Maryland completes its investigation into Jones' parole. Stipulations called for Jones to live with his mother, who was to support him until he could find a job. The state report notes that an uncle had promised to provide Jones work in a home-improvement company, and that Jones was to perform community service. In the last known contact on Jones between the states, Maryland advises North Carolina that he must report to a Baltimore parole office at 2100 Guilford Ave. within 24 hours of arriving in Maryland.

March 21, 1993: Jones is arrested in Baltimore and charged with the strangulation murder of Sister MaryAnn Glinka and burglary at the Franciscan Sisters Motherhouse on Ellerslie Avenue, where he had been accused of burglary and theft in 1989.

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