Why was Juan Daniels, Now Wanted for Murder, Released from Prison in 2013?
Juan Daniels, the man who police say ran an SUV into a Montgomery apartment complex, killing a six-year-old boy, is now wanted for murder.
He was released from prison in 2013 after serving just half of his sentence in an unrelated animal cruelty case.
Now, District Attorney Darryl Bailey is questioning why Daniels was released in the first place.
Juan Daniels is now at large after police say he ran an SUV into the Centennial Hill apartment complex in downtown Montgomery earlier this month, killing six-year-old Aiden Howard. Charges for Daniels were upgraded from attempted murder to murder after Howard was pronounced dead Sunday night.
“It’s a public safety issue,” he says. “People should be outraged that the Department of Corrections is releasing violent offenders back out into the community. It’s literally costing people their lives.”
Daniels is no stranger to crime, having spent time in an Alabama prison for animal cruelty.
In September 2007, police say Daniels beat a dog named Louis Vuitton with a shovel before setting him on fire. U.S. Marshals arrested him in Tuscaloosa soon after.
The next year Daniels’ bond is revoked after he’s arrested on misdemeanor charges of carrying a pistol without a license and giving a false name to police officer.
In 2009 – Daniels is sentenced to 9 and a half years behind bars for animal cruelty.
In 2010 – Daniels goes before the state parole board, where his parole is denied due to behavioral issues.
Then, in November 2013, Daniels is released on good time, after serving just four years.
“They have some explaining to do on how anyone who is charged with a violent offense is even eligible for good time,” says Bailey.
Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey says he’s looking into why Daniels got out in the first place.
“Good time is meant to reward people in prison for good behavior but apparently anybody in the Department of Corrections gets good time regardless of how bad they’re acting. It’s outrageous.”
Daniels is wanted and considered armed and dangerous. He’s 5’9″, 250 pounds and was last known to live in the 400 block of Belvoir Drive.
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