By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
A registered sex offender from Escambia County, serving his second stint in prison for violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), was denied parole during November 4 hearings by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. An Escambia County woman who has been in prison for more than a year was also denied parole.
Jason Obie Daughtery, who is 44 or will be later this year, was convicted 14 years ago of a second-degree rape he committed in 1998, in Escambia County. He was sentenced in 2006 to 15 years for that rape but was released from prison in 2013 after serving seven years, eight months of the sentence.
Two years later Daughtery, who is currently housed at Fountain Correctional Facility, was back behind bars after failing to meet SORNA’s registration requirements and being found in possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 20 more months in prison, and he served his time.
After his second prison release, Daughtery again failed to register as a sex offender. He was convicted again of those charges in 2019 and was handed a 10-year sentence this time.
An Alabama Department of Corrections profile shows the inmate has served two years and two months of the sentence but has built up a bank of “good time” totaling 1,394 days.
According to Alabama Code 13A-6-62, second-degree rape, or “statutory rape,” occurs when a person age 16 years or older has sexual relations with a person of the opposite sex who is between the ages of 12 and 16 years (whether with or without the consent of the partner), or when a person has sexual relations with a person of the opposite sex who is incapable of granting consent due to being “mentally defective.”
Daughtery’s minimum release date, without pardon or parole, is July 9, 2021.
On November 10, the board denied parole for Joni R. Diamond, 27, who was sentenced in 2019 to a total of 20 years when she was convicted in Escambia County Circuit Court of first-degree receiving stolen property, along with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
She was ordered to serve 10 years on the stolen property conviction, and 5 years each on the drug charges, which are to run concurrent with her longer stint. To date Diamond has spent one year and six months behind bars. She has been given credit for 136 days she spent in jail while awaiting trial or transfer and has built up a net of 607 days of “good time.”
Diamond’s earliest release date without parole or a pardon is May 31, 2022.