Aussie’s drive- by killer out of prison
THE youngest of the three boys involved in the random drive-by shooting murder of Australian baseball player Chris Lane in Oklahoma has been allowed to leave jail.
James Edwards, who was 15 in 2013 when Lane was shot in the back while jogging and left to die by the side of a road, was sentenced to a maximum 25 years jail just two years ago.
“As I understand, he was a very well-behaved inmate,” Matt Elliott, Oklahoma Department of Corrections public information officer, said.
Edwards turned on his two co-accused and became a prosecution witness. He entered a guilty plea to an accessory to murder charge and had 10 years of his 25-year sentence suspended.
He is being monitored by GPS while he serves the remainder of his sentence. Mr Elliott stressed Edwards had not been released from custody. “That’s not the case at all,” Mr Elliott said.
“Someone under GPS supervision is still being monitored, they still have to check in, they still have to abide by our rules.”
Edwards must not associate with criminals, use drugs or drink alcohol. He had described himself as a “dumb 15-year-old” when he was in a Ford Focus in Duncan, Oklahoma, on August 13, 2013 driven by 17-year-old friend Michael Jones and with 16year-old Chancey Luna sitting in the back seat.
They randomly spotted Lane, a 22-year-old from Melbourne who had a scholarship to study and play baseball at Oklahoma’s East Central University, jogging along a residential street. Lane had never met Edwards, Jones or Luna.
They drove up behind Lane, and Luna reached forward to fire the fatal bullet from a .22 revolver out of the car window into Lane’s back.